Do we really want an Obama Doctrine?
Should our president craft an Obama Doctrine to inform foreign policy? Sure Bush had a doctrine. He never needed to concern himself with the nuances (facts) because he already knew what to think about every situation. Bush was an ideologue. Do we want this president to be one too? Because he committed military force to saving Libyans from Qaddafi’s likely genocide, do we want him to also declare no-fly zones over Bahrain, Syria, Yemen and perhaps Iran next? Frankly, I don’t want that. I’m perfectly comfortable with a thoughtful approach that evaluates each foreign policy decision on its particular merits rafter than some standard short enough to fit on a bumper sticker.
Do you agree that while the bumper sticker slogans work great for public consumption and the 3 minute news blitz before ABC News turns to the really important stuff like what Charlie Sheen and Chris Brown are up to, it doesn’t result in smart decision making.