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Liz Cheney website invents differences between Bush and Obama foreign policies

In foreign policy, war and peace on October 21, 2009 at 5:25 am

A new website created by none other than the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, is aggressively attacking President Barack Obamas weak foreign policy. The site, keepamericasafe.com, believes that “the United States can only defeat our adversaries and defend our interests from a position of strength. This position of strength includes continuing the Bush administration policies that have apparently succeeded in preventing any further attacks on the American homeland.

Keep America Safe describes Obamas foreign policy as radical and lists its faults including:

  • Treating terrorism as a law enforcement matter
  • Giving foreign terrorists the same rights as American citizens
  • Launching investigations of CIA agents
  • Cutting defense spending
  • Breaking faith with our allies and attempting to appease our adversaries

 

In actuality, Obamas foreign policy really isnt that different from the Bush administrations.

Although Obama was attacked by conservatives for cutting the defense budget, Obama actually increased overall defense spending as he promised during his campaign. He proposed a $534 billion defense budget for the fiscal year 2010; an 8 percent increase from 2009 and equal to what the Bush administration budgeted for 2010.

Barack Obama has also continued the Bush policy of using private contractors such as Blackwater to fight in Iraq and Afhganistan, increasing their numbers by 23 percent. And he has escalated the number of troops in Afghanistan, sending more than 17,000 new men and woman to the war-torn land.

As a senator, Obama voted for the renewal of the PATRIOT Act and, as president, supports extending controversial provisions in the bill due to sunset in December.

And Obamas dealings with Iran are all-too-similar to the fashion in which George W. Bush dealt with Iraq: Pressuring access to the countrys private facilities and giving verbal ultimatums.

The truth is, Obamas foreign policy isnt all that different from Bushs. But perhaps Keep America Safe and others would like us to think so.

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  1. Jessica,

    In many ways, you are correct. The candidate for the Presidency said many things that the reality of foreign policy proved unachievable in at least the short term That is a salve for those that fear “weakness” and sour grapes for those that view “strength” as wrong in foreign affairs.

    The question for now is what are the President’s real intentions in matters of foreign policy. Will he ultimately move to reduce American “strength” in diplomatic, economic and military matters, keep two and reduce the military side, or some other combination of “reductions” in tools of foreign policy used for millenia.

    Will “dialog” (some will call it appeasement) become the norm, relying on the goodwill of former or current foes? Will realpolitics be replaced with “hopeforpolitics” or some equivalent word?

    Throughout history nations routinely act in their own best interests? Can Obama “change” that inclination?

    Anson

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