November 18, 2010 |
The "tea party" agenda in the midterm election focused largely on domestic issues. But the Republican gains in Congress that the movement fueled will have profound foreign policy consequences. Bipartisanship in foreign policy has all but disappeared, and the first victim is likely to be the Obama administration's New START treaty with Russia. This agreement, which is both modest in its cuts and extremely favorable to U.S. concerns, has been the centerpiece of President Obama's attempts to reset U.S.-Russian relations.
May 8, 2010 |
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised he would end our diplomatic isolation and pursue "engagement" in foreign affairs. His opponent tried to turn his proposal against him by saying it would be reckless and naive. Obama regarded his election as a mandate for engagement, and no campaign promise has been more faithfully carried out by his administration. Engagement is not in itself foreign policy. But it is a crucial part of the process by which we seek to advance our international goals, and one in which the country can and should invest great human and political capital.
June 9, 2013 |
The appointment of Susan Rice as national security advisor sends an important signal about the kind of foreign policy President Obama wants to pursue for the remainder of his second term: activist, assertive, occasionally even pugnacious. With three years to shape a legacy in world affairs, Obama wants to play offense, not defense. For much of his first term, Obama's foreign policy was dominated by problems he inherited from George W. Bush: ending the U.S. war in Iraq, winding down the U.S. war in Afghanistan and continuing - indeed, escalating - the drone war against Al Qaeda and its allies.
October 30, 2011 |
In a campaign dominated by talk of jobs and the economy, the Republican presidential field has settled on a unified approach to foreign policy: Ignore it for the most part, unless forced to discuss. Then criticize President Obama. Part of that is reflex. As the opposition party, Republicans are inclined to oppose anything the president says or does, even if they applaud the outcome, like, for instance, the ouster of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi. But their silence also reflects the political reality.
March 7, 2014 |
OXON HILL, Md. - For many of the 2016 presidential contenders who tested their messages at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine offered the perfect opening to pound President Obama's approach to foreign policy as weak and feckless - a sign of dimming U.S. influence around the world. But Rand Paul, whose non-interventionist foreign policy views have often been out of step with his rivals, did not mention Russia at all. And yet he blew the doors off Friday, drawing the most excited response of any potential contender as he blistered the Obama administration for its expansive surveillance of Americans and accused the president of trampling on civil liberties.
October 21, 2012 |
While jobs and the economy remain their primary concerns, a strong majority of voters in the swing states of Ohio and Florida say they are interested in America's relations with other countries heading into Monday night's foreign policy debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to a new survey. The poll found that 61% of Florida voters called foreign affairs one of the most important or a "very important" issue, while 59% of Ohio voters reached the same conclusion.
September 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- In a blistering attack on the Democrats' leadership abroad, Paul Ryan charged that President Obama has failed to show “steady, consistent American leadership” in the face of recent violence in the Arab world while accusing his administration of treating Israel with “indifference bordering on contempt.” The Republican vice presidential nominee, known primarily for his role in setting his party's course on domestic fiscal policy,...
September 23, 2012 |
President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, tangled over their varying approaches to foreign policy in dueling “60 Minutes” interviews that aired Sunday, with the president brushing off Romney's charge that he has been weak on national defense and charging that if Romney “is suggesting that we should start another war - he should say so.” The debate on the campaign trail is likely to turn to foreign policy once again this week...
July 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney prepared Monday to travel overseas for the now-traditional “grand tour” portion of the presidential campaign. As it was for past White House hopefuls including President Obama, Romney's trip abroad is a chance to help voters see the former governor and corporate CEO as a statesman - a chance to take some photos that read “potential president.” According to custom, however, it's not a time to air political laundry...
October 2, 2009 |
As he embraces direct talks with Iran and weighs his strategy in Afghanistan, President Obama is facing a new political threat from Republicans: Be hawkish on foreign policy or risk letting your party be painted as weak in next year's midterm elections. Top Republicans have adopted that line of attack in recent days, led by congressional leaders and at least two of the party's possible 2012 presidential contenders. Their warnings to the president mark a shift in tone and tactics for a Republican Party that had been largely supportive of Obama administration policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.