An Evaluation of President Obama’s Foreign Policy


Vassilios Damiras, Ph.D.

International Relations Expert


President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has two parts: first, his goals and decision-making mechanism, and second, his policies and implementation. His foreign policy-making team, centered on the White House, is headed by the President, who relies on Vice President Joe Biden and his National Security Advisor, General James Jones. His National Security Council of over 200 people is almost four times larger than the NSC staff of Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush and nearly ten times as large as President John F. Kennedy. In addition, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton played essential roles in the President’s foreign policy decisions. Moreover, Rahm Emmanuel, his chief of staff, and David Axelrod, his senior adviser, are part of the foreign policy decision-making machine. Finally, the President relies on various special foreign policy envoys, such as Richard Holbrooke, regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of course, President Obama himself is the primary source of strategic direction. The new U.S. strategic direction indicates a vague and idealistic approach to U.S. national security interests.

President Obama indicated that he was the first post-American President to equalize American exceptionalism with other countries across the globe, such as Cuba and Zimbabwe. His image of standing above his country and the world vividly indicates the post-American way of thinking. Under that banner, it has fluctuated in Iraq and Afghanistan. Specifically, Iraq has introduced a timetable for American withdrawal, and Afghanistan agreed to send only 30,000 troops instead of the 40,000 that the U.S. Army recommended. He hastily wants to close Gitmo. He vacillates how to fight the war against terror even after the Fort Hood and the Christmas incidents. Lately, he discovers that we are at war with a brutal enemy.

Moreover, the Obama administration has extended a hand to North Korea, only to see the totalitarian regime conduct another nuclear test, launch more ballistic missiles, and kidnap two American reporters. The leader, Kim Jong, did not get the memo for the “reset button.” Without any reservations, North Korea continues its nuclear program.

Regarding Iran, President Obama is so determined to engage in talks that overlooks how the brutal regime handles the country’s democratic movement. Iran transformed from a theological autocracy into a theological military dictatorship. In addition, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps controls both Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its support and funding of various Islamic terrorist groups throughout the globe. As the total failure of negotiations with Iran appears more evident by the minute, the Obama administration’s primary strategy is to rely on sanctions. However, sanctions cannot work or usually take time due to weak international response from other countries. There are two scenarios to stop the Iranian regime in its nuclear escapade. The first is regime change or preemptive military attack on the atomic sites.

It is imperative to have a president who believes in American exceptionalism because this American exceptionalism defeated Germany twice in 1918 and 1945, defeated Japan in 1945, created NATO, stabilized Europe and the globe, defeated communism, liberated Iraq from the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein, freed Afghanistan from the Taliban, continues to fight Al-Qaeda, and defends liberty and freedom across the world. Finally, the President needs to understand that the best place to protect our national interest is overseas, not in the streets of America. With a clear foreign policy, the various American national interests worldwide are safe.


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