Friday, November 28, 2008

The President-Elect's take on foreign policy

Leapin' for Obama
Originally uploaded by Delta Niner.
Interesting opinion piece by E. J. Dionne, Jr., in the Washington Post titled Obama's Bush Doctrine. He writes,
What's most striking about Obama's approach to foreign policy is that he is less an idealist than a realist who would advance American interests by diplomacy, by working to improve the country's image abroad, and by using military force prudently and cautiously.
Of Gates and Clinton:
With strong ties to the military and a carefully cultivated image of tough-mindedness, Clinton will protect the incoming president's back from those on the right ready to pounce at any sign of what they see as weakness.

As for Gates, Obama has found the ideal figure to help him organize his planned withdrawal from Iraq, and to bless it.
We live in interesting times.

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