As Obama continues to pick up foreign policy triumphs from the catching of Osama
to the pulling out of Iraq to the "low-cost, low-U.S. casualty" regime
change in Libya, Obama is likely to appeal to independent voters given that
Romney, Perry, and other likely GOP opponents will have no credibility on the
foreign policy front -- or worse, sound too much like Bush. America's image abroad has clearly been enhanced by Obama's policies, even if
Romney and others frame Obama's policies as signs of weaknesses (e.g., Romney's
book entitled, "No Apologies" is a direct attack on Obama through the
narrative that Obama has been apologizing for America's behavior abroad). The reality is that Americans are tired of costly wars abroad with
unclear objectives that continue to threaten America's middle class. Another fact we need to deal with: Most of the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan
have been directed at security forces escorting fuel convoys (e.g., Oil). Our
next objective should be getting off foreign oil as a nation, and our military
needs to move quickly to new energy technologies that will not continue to put
our soldiers' lives at constant risk.
It's time for this one to end, it was a good thing to get rid of saddam but its
time to go home. I am very worried however about rifts between Sunni and Shiite
being taken advantage of by regional neighbors thereby causing further human
rights issues in the area.
Idaho strangerhaving had family who served over seas I know of
additional costs saved, including lives.Pres Obama has used
extensively unmanned drones which have saved countless lives,In
addition to saving lives (if he saved one he is to be commended, not condemned)
He has also with those drones orchestrated the killing of dozens of Al Qaeda
leaders. We had the technology for years but he has brought it to the forefront
and made it into something to be frightened of if you are the enemy.I join with others in expressing relief and happiness this boondoggle is over.
@ Idaho Stranger - That is a fair question. I would argue that the pursuit of
democracy abroad and safety at home would be two of them Toppling Ghaddafi
occurred with the US only playing a minor role at a low cost. Other regimes
have also been toppled with minimum involvement. Now, what we end up with in
those countries is another issue that is a bit unpredictable. Safety at home
would seem to be another goal of our foreign policy. Getting out of Iraq will
cut costs. Having said that, President Obama gets only partial credit on this.
Getting us out of Afghanistan would also cut costs. Having a good reputation
around the world would also be another goal. My own interactions abroad suggest
this is the case but there may be data out there to give us a definitive answer
on this. Improving out international trade would be another goal. We have
recently had 3 trade agreements signed though they are probably no different in
cost. So, overall, I would say definite improvement in costs of the democracy
and homeland security fronts.
Ricardo Carvalho: "While I will not be voting for President Obama ... I do
think he has been very successful on the international front. US standing around
the world is much better than when he took office and we seem to be reaching our
goals at a lower and lower cost."For heaven's sake, why NOT
vote for him? Do you all NOT realize that $3 TRILLION of the national debt is
tied to the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars -- and that Obama's methods would have
toppled Hussein quickly, with much less cost to our military? Look at the
lives that were wasted in Iraq, for no reason.YET, you all persist
in wanting Mitt Romney to be president, for only one reason (his religion).
You'd all be against Romney, if he wasn't LDS. Romney wants to INCREASE THE
MILITARY (which will cost our country more than ever). (shaking
God bless our brave military. For 3 yrs., they have been up in the air over the
non-direction of the Obama Admin. Though I think this will simply force Iraq
into Iran's sway, the military needs a huge break. The Islamofascists will not
stop because we come home. And then, we also have such loose borders,some might
be needed there. We have many international enemies that Obama doesn't
understand. One thing voters know, he withdrew all of these brave people
because....he needs to reconnect with this Leftist BASE of pacifists. Thus ,it
is for his re-election not his love for American's military. And one will not
forget his horrid eco. domestic policies either. Still, for our military, a well
deserved breath before we face countless other foes: Iran, China,N.Korea.
@Ricardo Carvalho:"US standing around the world is much better than
when he took office and we seem to be reaching our goals at a lower and lower
cost."Can you please tell me what those "goals" are
and document just how we are reaching them at a "lower and lower
Good article However, you do not "take the reigns of your own
future". The speaker did not misspell. The proofreader did.
"But officer, he stopped too fast and I hit his rear bumper."
"Because you hit him you were too close or inattentive. That is what the
ticket is for. If you were at a safe distance and attentive there would have
been no accident."We shall see if we got out of there too quickly, at
the proper time, or too late only when the Islamofascist take over. That means
the only way to tell is after the "accident".Is President Obama
concerned for out Country and our Constitution? Or is it his re-election? Or is
he secretly in favor of the Islamofascist?Those are three questions I want
people to submit evidence for and against each. Just try.Unfortunately
this isn't any kind of proper logical and hopefully civil debate that I would
like to see.
To Duh:Thank you for your service.
I for one am glad this one is over. I spent time a year there and I had friends
who sacrificed everything. I still have friends over there. Every day of my life
the last 9 years has been affected by this war. All I do is deal with the
wounded warriors on a daily basis. Only after we get out of Afghanistan will I
be able to start to close this chapter in my life.
While I will not be voting for President Obama (unless there is a big surprise
in the Republican primaries), I do think he has been very successful on the
international front. US standing around the world is much better than when he
took office and we seem to be reaching our goals at a lower and lower cost.
"Today, however, hundreds of thousands of our fighting men and women have
been stretched thin all across the globe in over 135 countries often without a
clear mission, any sense of what defines victory, or the knowledge of when
theyll be permanently reunited with their families.Acting as the
worlds policeman and nation-building weakens our country, puts our troops in
harms way, and sends precious resources to other nations in the midst of an
historic economic crisis.Taxpayers are forced to spend billions of
dollars each year to protect the borders of other countries, while Washington
refuses to deal with our own border security needs." Statement on Ron Paul
website. Not only is it time to bring them home, but we should
never have sent them in the first place. Its time for ALL of our servicemen to
come home! The Invasion continues here on the home front.
Some GOP senators would rather build up the Middle East than the USA.
I am a Tea Party conservative, and I agree it is correct to bring home the
troops from Iraq, especially since the Iraqis do not seem to value our
sacrifices to help them. Our troops have given their all. Time for Iraq to stand
on it's own.