Obama foreign policy promises to remember November 6th


Presidential candidate Barack Obama offered an extensive plan in 2008 entitled “THE BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: Barack Obama’s Plan for America”.  Here were his “Blueprint” promises concerning Foreign Policy:

Barack Obama’s Plan to Secure America and Restore Our Standing

“When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture – because it is never ok.… I will end the war in Iraq. I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda.  And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.” Des Moines, Iowa, November 10, 2007


The War in Iraq

Obama is the only major candidate who had the judgment to oppose the Iraq War from the beginning. He will end the war responsibly by bringing our troops home within 16 months, pressing for a political solution to Iraq’s civil war, and launching the diplomatic and humanitarian initiatives that are needed to bring stability to Iraq.


Obama will fight terrorism and protect America with a comprehensive strategy that finishes the fight in Afghanistan, cracks down on the al Qaeda safe-haven in Pakistan, develops new capabilities and international partnerships, engages the world to dry up support for extremism, and reaffirms American values.


Obama has stood up against going to war with Iran, and called for a new approach. He will lead tough diplomacy with the Iranian regime, and offer Iran the choice of increased international pressure or incentives if it stops its disturbing behavior.

Renewing American Diplomacy

Obama will turn the page on the Bush-Cheney diplomacy of not talking to countries that we don’t like. He will talk to our foes as well as our friends, and he will restore American leadership and alliances abroad.

Concerning Israel and Iran, Senator Obama delivered these remarks at the AIPAC Policy Forum on March 2, 2007:

“It is important to remember this history—that Israel had unilaterally withdrawn from Lebanon only to have Iran supply Hezbollah with thousands of rockets.

Our job is to never forget that the threat of violence is real. Our job is to renew the United States’ efforts to help Israel achieve peace with its neighbors while remaining vigilant against those who do not share this vision. Our job is to do more than lay out another road map; our job is to rebuild the road to real peace and lasting security throughout the region.

That effort begins with a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel: our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy. That will always be my starting point. And when we see all of the growing threats in the region: from Iran to Iraq to the resurgence of al-Qaeda to the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah, that loyalty and that friendship will guide me as we begin to lay the stones that will build the road that takes us from the current instability to lasting peace and security.”


“[M]y plan includes a robust regional diplomatic strategy that includes talking to Syria and Iran – something this Administration has finally embraced.”


“The world must work to stop Iran’s uranium enrichment program and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is far too dangerous to have nuclear weapons in the hands of a radical theocracy. And while we should take no option, including military action, off the table, sustained and aggressive diplomacy combined with tough sanctions should be our primary means to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.

Iranian nuclear weapons would destabilize the region and could set off a new arms race. Some nations in the region, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, could fall away from restraint and rush into a nuclear contest that could fuel greater instability in the region—that’s not just bad for the Middle East, but bad for the world, making it a vastly more dangerous and unpredictable place. Other nations would feel great pressure to accommodate Iranian demands. Terrorist groups with Iran’s backing would feel emboldened to act even more brazenly under an Iranian nuclear umbrella. And as the A.Q. Kahn network in Pakistan demonstrated, Iran could spread this technology around the world.”

Recently, Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod accused Mitt Romney of lying in the first debate about his, Romney’s, positions on issues.

“‘It was completely unrooted {sic} in fact,’ Axelrod said on CBS. ‘It was completely unrooted in the positions he’s taken before, and he spent 90 minutes trying to undo two years of campaigning.’

In his ‘performance,’ Axelrod continued, the former governor was ‘serially rewriting history’.”

It has long been a practice of the Left to accuse opponents of using those same tactics that it, the Left, serially deploys.  No surprise there.