'bama brings it
A major foreign policy speech of his today---full text here.
--Tough talk on Pakistan.
--Tough talk against Congress (i.e. Clinton)
--Tough talk on the failure of the intelligence apparatus and Homeland Security.
--Promises to close Guantanamo, get rid of the Military Tribunals, re-instate the Army Code and Geneva Conventions. And this line:
Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.--Calls for civilian action teams made up of State, Pentagon, and Reconstruction (Sounds as lot like Dept. of Failed States)
--Good stuff on locking down nuclear material (with Hagel and Lugar)
--And this interesting "audacious" proposal:
As President, I will create a Shared Security Partnership Program to forge an international intelligence and law enforcement infrastructure to take down terrorist networks from the remote islands of Indonesia, to the sprawling cities of Africa. This program will provide $5 billion over three years for counter-terrorism cooperation with countries around the world, including information sharing, funding for training, operations, border security, anti-corruption programs, technology, and targeting terrorist financing. And this effort will focus on helping our partners succeed without repressive tactics, because brutality breeds terror, it does not defeat it.He puts a great deal of emphasis on the openness of information transfer and informing the local citizenry, using bottom-up, sense and respond mechanisms, as opposed to the top-down bureaucratic mess that is the Bush administration's (non)response in disaster situations (e.g. post-Saddam Iraq, Katrina).
If he gets his legs at delivering this message--the language in parts is deeply moving--with a presence of solidity and a voice of power that rings true to the power inherent in the words themselves, then he could electrify and blow Hillary out. I think Obama is much better in a general than Hillary, but is a harder sell in the primary. Maybe this will turn that around.
An Obama election certainly sets a major reset button on much of the anti-Americanism (which is really anti-Bushism). If you think American foreign policy would head towards closing in on itself, with this vision, think again. This thing is hawkish. But it's looking for smart hawkishness and realizing who the real enemy is: hardline trans-national Salafi jihadism. Take care of that and then start the rollback and the further connection to the global economy and then deal with the next round of reactionaries who will undoubtedly emerge.
--The major lacuna for me is that the pullout of Iraq is going to longer and more painful than his speak would suggest. Link this vision up with Biden's plan and you really have something then.