Politico does a serious piece on this nations Commander-In-Chief that coining the world ‘Realist’….
Fred Kaplan points to Barack Obama as a President who has focused on a quiet ‘hard nosed’ President that happens to be a Democrat…
The piece rightly points out something that many take for granted and don’t mention to loudly…
Obama has complete let just about ALL of the missions the Two Bush President’s have sent their military to do….
He has chaired the hunted down, eliminated and captured far more terrorist that the last two president’s combined…
He has expanded the nation;s data collection efforts far beyond anything either Bush could have conceived of and supported those efforts unflinchingly….
He has also sent people out to talk to those same people he has his military hunting down….
He was willing to go to town on a country that used gas on his people…..
Yes, indeed Barack H. Obama is NO Pacifist…..
He has seemed to take the world as a dangerous place and has only seemed to keep tabs as far he thinks thing will go….No more…No less….(A Noble Peace Prize seems a distance long time ago)
And separate from this piece?
Nor will a Hillary Clinton as President…..
More than five years into Obama’s presidency, the single word that best sums up his foreign policy is “realist”—in some cases, as one former adviser told me, “hard-nosed,” even “cold” realist.
Like all postwar presidents, Obama speaks in hallowed terms about America’s global mission. But his actions reveal an aversion to missionary zeal. He has ended the regime-changing wars he inherited, and done much to avoid new ones. He rarely hectors foreign leaders about their internal affairs, at least in public. He suffers no ideological hang-ups about negotiating with dreadful rulers or sworn enemies, such as Iran, for the sake of national-security interests. To ease America’s way out of Afghanistan, he has cozied up to Central Asian autocrats and tolerated Pakistan’s duplicity. With almost clinical detachment, he has reassessed U.S. relationships in East Asia, embracing authoritarian regimes in Myanmar and Vietnam to promote trade and check an expansive China.
Obama’s belief in American values isn’t entirely rhetorical; he will sometimes place ideals above interests, though rarely when the two collide. He seems unmoved by the triumphalism that animated George W. Bush’s foreign policy, in part because he sees the bloody, futile legacy it left in the sands of Iraq—but also because it’s just not his style. During his first presidential campaign, when he said he had “enormous sympathy” for the foreign policy of President George H.W. Bush and his national security adviser Brent Scowcroft—ultimate realists—many thought Obama was just taking a whack at his predecessor, H.W.’s son. Maybe he was, but he also meant it. Perhaps more than any president since Dwight Eisenhower, Obama defines the national interest narrowly and acts accordingly. And in following this course, he has been much more successful than his critics allow. In fact, his deepest failures have occurred when he has veered off his path.
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