THE NEW SCHOOL

Obama & Foreign Policy …

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on August 6, 2007

What we’ve been seeing over the past several months is a candidate who is just as eager to put his foreign policy platform out there as he is at distinguishing himself from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).  That moment has arrived as Presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle are all reacting to Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) comments on American anti-terrorism policies in locations such as Pakistan. 

We were first skeptical of Obama’s insistence on a rhetorical back-and-forth with the Clinton camp over his diplomacy-and-rogue-regimes statement at the recent YouTube debate.  The initial thought was that he should rise above it rather than get entangled in a barb trading fest with someone who probably wanted that.  Yet, the new set of comments regarding military action in Pakistan (based on “actionable intelligence”) suggest a game plan was in the works all along. 

There’s no endorsement of these statements.  We’re simply impressed by the fact that a Black Presidential candidate is presently dominating the foreign policy discussion in this campaign, particularly since conventional wisdom would assume the Black candidate would only focus on domestic or social/economic justice issues.  Admittedly, we prefer that not be the case.  Which is what sets this particular African American Presidential candidate apart from previous African American Presidential candidates. 

However, we are taking note of the fact that media coverage in New Hampshire and Iowa hasn’t made any big mention of the raging debate over these comments and the potential impact it will have on the race.  Concerns in these top primary states seem fairly localized in relation to the candidates.  

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