Sunday, November 28, 2010

On Issues: Obama

On Issues: Obama

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In 2006, Obama wrote: "We should be asking ourselves what mix of policies will lead to a dynamic free market and widespread economic security, entrepreneurial innovation and upward mobility [...] we should be guided by what works."

He identified the problems that he believes the current foreign policy has caused, and the five ways the United States can lead again, focused on "common security", "common humanity", and remaining "a beacon of freedom and justice for the world":

"Bringing a responsible end" to the war in Iraq and refocusing on the broader region.

"Building the first truly 21st century military and showing wisdom in how we deploy it."

"Marshalling a global effort" to secure, destroy, and stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

"Rebuild and construct the alliances and partnerships necessary to meet common challenges and confront common threats," including global warming.

"Invest in our common humanity" through foreign aid and supporting the "pillars of a sustainable democracy – a strong legislature, an independent judiciary, the rule of law, a vibrant civil society, a free press, and an honest police force."

During the speech, Obama called for an expansion of the United States Armed Forces "by adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines", an idea previously introduced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

In a Washington, DC, speech entitled "A New Strategy for a New World" delivered July 15, 2008, Obama stated five main foreign policy goals:

Ending the war in Iraq responsibly.

Finishing the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states.

Achieving true energy security.

Rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Almanac of American Politics (2008) rated Obama's overall social policies in 2006 as more conservative than 21 percent of the Senate, and more liberal than 77 percent of the Senate (18 percent and 77 percent, respectively, in 2005).

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