The Democrats’ foreign-policy game

Christian Science Monitor
by Stuart Gottlieb

07/07/08

The Democratic Party and its presumed presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, have made ‘restoring America’s image’ and ‘renewing American leadership’ cornerstones of their foreign-policy promises for 2008. Nearly every Democratic foreign-policy speech, press release, or Web link says as much. This is a powerful message that certainly resonates with American voters and our friends around the world. However, if we look just below the surface of the rhetoric and analyze specific policies proposed by Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail, we find plans that would only further damage America’s international standing. On two critical issues in particular — trade and the war in Iraq — Democrats have been trying to have their cake and eat it too: They claim they’ll restore America’s image and leadership and simultaneously promise unilateralist and irresponsible policies certain to have the opposite effect...

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