President Obama โ€“ Why are we over there?

President Obama delivered this year’s commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 2.  It contained several insights into his own vision as to the why and wherefore of his foreign policy of smart diplomacy and engagement. For starters, Obama claims that it is either engagement or isolationism.  Either we engage in the “festering” problems “over there” or we retreat into “isolationism” and ignore all festering problems over there.  We should not “wash our hands of conflicts that seem intractable [and] let other countries fend for themselves.”  The Obama administration is proud that the U.S. is the 911 for the rest of the world: When there is a problem around the world, they do not call Beijing or Moscow. They call us. And we lead, not by dictating to others, but by working with them as partners, by treating other countries and their peoples with respect. Not by...(Read Full Post)