A different kind of foreign policy

I find Obama’s thoughts on foreign policy intriguing. If you care to listen to (or read) this speech, which I know some of you may not, listen for the way he talks about the rest of the world, people who are not Americans.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/newstrategy

I do not claim to have much knowledge about foreign policy, but I do see a marked contrast between the current administration’s posture toward the rest of the world and Barack Obama’s.  Idealistic? Naive? Maybe. But perhaps it is time, as he suggests, to stop using our military to solve international problems and start using a different kind of diplomacy.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jamie
    Jul 22, 2008 @ 16:54:47

    I was very reluctant, at first, to like Obama. I’ve long been a registered libertarian, dogged in my naievete that we can all work together to make a better place, and that people overall are ruled by a sense of goodness. Then I got bitter, as I realized it all wasn’t that simple.

    But, even though I’m cynical, and paranoid, I can’t help but like Obama. After seeing other countries and talking to folks from around the world, some kind of healing needs to take place.

    And a lot of it.

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  2. Robert Martin
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 16:02:52

    And yet, while he gives a good speech and talks a good talk, when people press him with questions on specifics, he gets defensive.

    His trip to the Mid-East was a photo op… there are testimonials from servicemen over there who said that Obama whooshed in, took a few photo ops, and whooshed back out without stopping to say high to the grunt men as he said he was going to (and I’m not talking about the hospital in Germany).

    Something just doesn’t sit well with me…he seems too good to be true and there’s enough in the way of unknowns and odd behaviour for me to say, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

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