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  1. 08 Dec '11 19:30
    For awhile we were hearing Carter comparisons regarding Obama, but event the Republicans' attacks on Obama's foreign policy have been half-hearted, whereas that was a major talking point against Carter at this time in 1979. Whether by design or luck, Obama has had some major war front successes, and in reaction to accusations that he's an appeaser, he responded:

    “Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top Al-Qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement… or whoever’s left out there.”

    He took out Bin Laden, and probably Al Qaida entirely. And he's essentially being credited with taking out Qaddaffi, even if the Republicans didn't like his multi-lateralist approach. Whether fair or not, the end of the Iraq war is happening under his watch. Afghanistan was looking dicey for awhile, but nobody seems to be holding anything against Obama in terms of policy choices. The drone bombings are drawing criticism from the left, which actually reinforces his political meme that he's a moderate.

    Given the state of the economy, foreign policy is unlikely to be a make or break issue this campaign, but how do you think the Republicans are going to handle it? They can argue that he just got lucky with Qaddaffy, but I don't think that's going to fly and in fact some of the early Republican criticisms are probably going to come back to haunt them.

    China?
  2. Subscriber WoodPush
    Pusher of wood
    08 Dec '11 23:32
    Look no further than Israel for a source of weakness.

    But I agree with you, I don't think Obama's going to have much trouble making a case for his foreign policy successes, and I also don't think it's going to be a major issue in the election.
  3. 09 Dec '11 00:07
    Originally posted by WoodPush
    Look no further than Israel for a source of weakness.

    But I agree with you, I don't think Obama's going to have much trouble making a case for his foreign policy successes, and I also don't think it's going to be a major issue in the election.
    I guess that would be the weak point as he's somehow alienated people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. But not enough to be a big issue, and to the extent that he draws criticism from the left it actually helps him out.