Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Candidate Review - Foreign Policy - Barack Obama

Obama's page on foreign policy has the interesting name "Strengthening America Overseas." I'm not sure that makes a lot of sense. America, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska isn't overseas. It's right here. Oh well. Let's see what he has to say about foreign policy and diplomacy.
Obama rejects the notion that the American moment has passed and believes that America must neither retreat from the world nor try to bully it into submission. Obama believes that America must lead the world, by deed and example, and that America cannot meet the threats of the century alone and that the world cannot meet them without America.
The section links to a speech by the candidate, which is a good idea.

This election offers us the chance to turn the page and open a new chapter in American leadership. The disappointment that so many around the world feel toward America right now is only a testament to the high expectations they hold for us. We must meet those expectations again, not because being respected is an end in itself, but because the security of America and the wider world demands it.

This will require a new spirit – not of bluster and bombast, but of quiet confidence and sober intelligence, a spirit of care and renewed competence. It will also require a new leader.
He has five areas he wants to focus on - Ending the Iraq War, Rebuilding the Military, Destroying Weapons of Mass Destruction, Renew International Alliances, and Strengthen Weak Nations. I guess there is something there for everybody; although our adventures in strengthening weak nations haven't been 100% positive.

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