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Obama's 'Soft Footprint'

Posted by Lee Trepanier on

Lee Trepanier

Lee Trepanier

As bad as Bush’s “War on Terror” was as a foreign policy strategy, it was at least a coherent one that guided U.S. foreign policy and let our allies and adversaries know where we stood.

The problem with Obama’s “soft footprint” is that it is a tactic and not a strategic vision. It is not clear to the world, much less to the American public and perhaps even to the U.S. government itself, what America’s role in the world should be.

This would account for the U.S.'s schizophrenic response to situations in the Middle East (Egypt, Syria, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia), Europe (Germany, Ukraine, Russia), and Asia (China, Japan, and Korea).

It is imperative that the President spends the last two years in office articulating a foreign policy strategy for the United States; otherwise, we and the world will be left with an aimless superpower not knowing what to do or how to do it.

Opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Andy Rapp, Q-TV, Delta College, or PBS.


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