Obama Defends His Foreign Policy Doctrine
by Jules Witcover
Why President Obama was off in the Asian Pacific while
After arguing that American relations with Asian countries "have never been stronger," the president challenged those who have outspokenly questioned, as he put it, "the failure to use military force." Indeed, he has specifically declared there is "no military solution" to the
In an unusually detailed response, Obama alluded to the invasion of
He went on: "My job as commander in chief is to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely. ... Most of the foreign-policy commentators that have questioned our policies would go headlong into a bunch of military adventures that the American people had no interest in participating in and would not advance our core security interests."
Citing the civil war in
Again he defended his more cautious approach by referring to the outcome of the invasion of
Referring to the range of diplomatic and military options available to him as commander in chief, Obama said, "Where we can make a difference using all the tools we've got in the toolkit, well, we should do so. And if there are occasions where targeted, clear actions can be taken that would make a difference, then we should take them. We don't do them because somebody sitting in an office in
He acknowledged his approach "may not always be sexy ... but it avoids errors. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run. But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around world."
This recitation of how the president views the Obama Doctrine well describes what has been guiding his foreign policy ever since he decided to pivot from his predecessor's preemptive military action in
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