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Obama Doctrine

Why Obama's Foreign Policy Is So Unpopular (Hint: It's Not His Realism)

Lionel Beehner | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Never before in the history of the United States has there been such a yawning gap between the rhetoric of American power and its application abroad.

Time for America's Middle East Allies to Forge Their Own Destinies

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

The United States should use the 300 soldiers who are on their way to Iraq to stiffen its allies spines and to generate collective action to fight the forces of evil now set loose in the Middle East. America can help with this endeavor, but the heavy lifting must be the responsibility of America's Middle East Allies.

The Three-War Doctrine

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

If the War Party wins in 2016, all bets are off. We will prepare to fight in the Eurasian heartland, the South China Sea, and the resource-rich lands of Africa -- because if we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here. Just when it seemed like we were about to give peace a chance, the United States will suddenly revert to a three-war doctrine.

Explaining America's New Place in the World

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I believe that President Obama is probably handling world events about as well as they can be handled. He seems to have a good feel for American public opinion. And he appreciates the complexity of the global order.

A Good Week for Diplomacy

James Zogby | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

A few writers saw Obama's speech at the General Assembly as an effort to craft an "Obama Doctrine." In fact, it was anything but a new "doctrine." Instead of framing hard fast answers, the President asked tough questions.

The Obama Doctrine And The Judgment Of History

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

President Obama appears ready to declare an end to America's war on radical Islam. Yet the jihadists remain at war with us. In time, we will learn whether the Obama Doctrine puts the United States, and her allies, on the winning side of this epic conflict.

Dumb and Dumber: Obama's 'Smart Power' Foreign Policy Not Smart at All

John Feffer | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
John Feffer

The president's foreign policy has certainly been "smart" from a domestic political point of view. The president has effectively removed foreign policy as a Republican talking point. But in its actual effects overseas, it has been anything but smart.

Both Sides Now: More War? U.S. in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Huffington-Matalin debate U.S. military policy in Iran, Syria and Afghanistan after a decade of costly failures. Do war whoops resemble pre-Vietnam, pre-Iraq? And did St. Rick jump the shark by being so stridently anti-contraception and college?

Dabbling in the Arab World

Kevin Bunkley | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Kevin Bunkley

It is possible that President Obama is reverting back to a new version of Wilsonian diplomacy in order to let the Arab world sort itself out, instead of directly affecting the outcome with U.S. intervention.

A Gilded Affair with Something AWOL

Lynn Forester de Rothschild | Posted 09.04.2011 | UK
Lynn Forester de Rothschild

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Banquet on Monday night at Guild Hall was a glorious celebration. And yet, for this American, there was one glaring problem. It seemed so small, so wrong, so characteristic of the Obama Administration.

Both Sides Now: Economy vs. Obama? GOP Goldwaterized? Afghan Porridge Right?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgHilary Rosen and Kellyanne Conway disagree about how heavy the economic albatross will be politically and whether the GOP fringe will taint its nominee. Did President 'Aiken' just declare victory and come home?

No-Drama Obama Is Also No-Doctrine Obama

John Feffer | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
John Feffer

When it comes to Barack Obama, political zoologists remain undecided whether he is a new kind of political animal and if his foreign policy represents a unique departure from the same old, same old.

The Reagan and Obama "Doctrines" vs. the State Department

Allan Gerson | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Allan Gerson

In considering the response of President Obama and the State Department to the Libya crisis, immediate parallels to Ronald Reagan's Grenada experience come to mind.

The Assad Doctrine vs. the Obama Doctrine

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

While the Obama doctrine is currently the focal point of a debate taking place among its proponents and critics, the Assad doctrine reveals two possibilities: that the space afforded for the debate is of a military and security nature.

Is Obama Really George W. Bush?

Aaron David Miller | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Aaron David Miller

Has Barack Obama become George W. Bush on foreign policy? If the President doesn't catch a break on Libya, he may well be on a glide path to regime change.

News Nobody Else Will Tell You!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.31.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asserted today that the U.S. mission in Libya was "confused," as he accepted a lifetime-achievement award from the American Chutzpah League.

Apply the Obama Doctrine to the Trade Problems With China

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

We have one trade problem in this country that so far surpasses every other one that it is almost not worth talking about any of the others. The problem is Chinese subsidy practices.

Obama on Libya: Whatever Happened to Easy Answers?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Me and the guys, we stop off for a quick one the other night after softball practice, and there's absolutely nothing worth watching so they put on Obama and we watch Obama.

Obama's Libyan Gamble

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than selling a war as an existential threat to America, American democracy, freedom, the flag, Mom, and apple pie (as pretty much every president has done for decades), Barack Obama's approach is something new: war as a nuisance.

Waiting for the Obama Doctrine, Intervallum: The Revolutions in North Africa and Middle East

David Millar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Millar

Doctrines do matter: they shape, guide, inform and inspire our decisions, particularly in a crisis. And the events unfolding in Tunisia, Jordan, and especially Egypt drive this point home.

Sam Stein

Obama's Restraint Doctrine: How The President's Egypt Policy Has Managed To Please No One At All

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The impression that the Obama administration is forever one step behind the unfolding events and chaos in Egypt this week is one left, i...

Waiting for the Obama Doctrine, Part 1: Do Doctrines Matter?

David Millar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Millar

I believe that the declaration of a transformational American doctrine under Obama is still tenable -- even necessary. We can tread water, but we won't continue to lead the world in this century if we cannot state what we are committed to.

The Non-Bush Doctrine: Still Waiting for Obama's

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

That the Obama Doctrine and the foreign policy that the president has been pursuing are closer in terms of substance and approach to those advanced by Bush I and Clinton may sound like very good news.

The Obama Doctrine: Marching That Long Gray Line Into a Gray Fog

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

During World War II, American productivity saved freedom for the world. But in the current era, Obama's economic policies will choke American innovation, and thus the power we project abroad.

Obama's National Security Strategy Turns Away From Bush Administration Goals

AP | ANNE GEARAN and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is breaking with the go-it-alone Bush years in a new strategy for keeping the nation safe, counting more on ...