January 25, 2013 |
The Obama administration has resolved its legal questions about supporting French military operations in Mali, but an internal debate is ongoing over whether more assistance is in U.S. policy interests. The United States quickly responded to French requests for troop transport airlift and additional intelligence. But a two-week-old French call for U.S. refueling planes for French aircraft striking targets in Mali remains pending, U.S. and French officials said. "What we've been working through...
December 21, 2012 |
President Obama nominated Sen. John F. Kerry on Friday to be the next secretary of state, saying that "in a sense, John's entire life has prepared him for this role. " Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his selection all but guarantees a swift, smooth path to confirmation. The lawmaker has been a frequent foreign policy adviser and confidant to Obama, and his five terms in Congress have gained him bipartisan advocates in the Senate.
November 1, 2012 |
American foreign policy is not making enough of an effort to contain Islamist extremism, and the consequences are likely to roil not only Afghanistan and Pakistan but, eventually, the wider region and beyond. In 1998, Osama bin Laden described U.S. soldiers as " paper tigers " and predicted that U.S. aversion to war would lead to the success of his ideology. "We have seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier," bin Laden said in an interview.
October 23, 2012 |
The death of George McGovern on the eve of the presidential candidates' foreign policy debate underscored a momentous political reversal spanning four decades. McGovern's nomination for president in 1972, a consequence of the Democratic Party's recoil against the Vietnam War and the riotous convention four years earlier, made the country uneasy about his party regarding national security. Four decades later, however, voters may be more ambivalent about America's world role than at any time since the 1930s.
October 23, 2012 |
"The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull," said Dean Acheson. During the final presidential debate , Mitt Romney was every bit the statesman. On foreign policy issues, he was well informed, earnest and gaffe-free. He refused to take the bait of hypothetical questions or Barack Obama's continual attacks. "Well, of course I don't concur with what the president said about my own record" was about as ferocious as it got. All evening, when Obama unleashed fireworks, Romney smothered them with a blanket.
October 22, 2012 |
Republican Mitt Romney entered Monday night's debate on foreign policy with the goal of presenting himself as a competent, plausible alternative to President Obama as commander in chief. But Romney appeared to cede many positions to Obama, moving closer to the president on a range of issues and presenting them in a softer way. His strategy was clear from the opening question, when he passed up a chance to criticize Obama for his response to the attack on the U.S....