April 14, 2010

AS W REPRESENTED THE BEST OF WILSONIANISM...:

Obama Puts His Own Mark on Foreign Policy Issues (PETER BAKER, 4/13/10, NY Times)

If there is an Obama doctrine emerging, it is one much more realpolitik than his predecessor’s, focused on relations with traditional great powers and relegating issues like human rights and democracy to second-tier concerns. [...]

Stephen G. Rademaker, a former official in the George W. Bush administration, said: “For a president coming out of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, it’s remarkable how much he has pursued a great power strategy. It’s almost Kissingerian. It’s not very sentimental. Issues of human rights do not loom large in his foreign policy, and issues of democracy promotion, he’s been almost dismissive of.”

Indeed, on the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Obama met with leaders with poor human rights records, like President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, a former Communist boss who has kept a firm grip on his former Soviet republic for two decades.


...the UR represents the worst--a transnational club that does nothing instead of the forceful advance of liberty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2010 6:33 AM
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