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LA Times: Obama flirts with a doctrine
Los Angeles Times ^ | March 31, 2011 | By Doyle McManus

Posted on 03/31/2011 7:24:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Is an Obama Doctrine in foreign policy developing before our eyes?

The president and his aides wave off the idea, at least if it means seeing the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya as a one-size-fits-all model.

In a 2005 pledge that some called the Bush Doctrine, our last president also declared the United States to be on the side of democracy activists everywhere. Obama has already used more military force in a country of secondary strategic interest than Bush ever did.

Right now, Obama and his staff are too focused on winning the war in Libya to spend much time elaborating on the fine points of a grand doctrine. They know that if Moammar Kadafi is toppled in a matter of weeks, they'll look brilliant; if Kadafi hangs on, they'll look like blunderers.

But the president and his aides also see the revolution in the Arab world as the most important event of Obama's time in office — as important, perhaps, as the end of the Cold War in 1989.

They are already working on a larger policy to help it come out right, including a big international aid program — one they hope will be funded partly by Arab oil states — to help Egypt, Tunisia and other new democracies succeed.

They won't call it a "doctrine," but it will almost certainly look like one. From here on out, they say, this will be the centerpiece; this will be what Obama's foreign policy is about.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anything2hurtamerica; bushdoctrine; failure; israel; r2p

President Barack Obama speaks about Libya at the National Defense University in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo)

LA Times photo with this article ... 


1 posted on 03/31/2011 7:24:42 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
He has about as much of a doctrine as he does a strategy with anything, not just foreign policy. He is the most indecisive, clueless, inept and vascillating president to ever stink up the Oval Office. And he has surrounded himself with similarly qualified "advisors". The end results are as predictable as a sunrise......chaos.
3 posted on 03/31/2011 7:30:21 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

His doctrine is “Everything that is wrong is Bush’s fault.”


4 posted on 03/31/2011 7:30:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin
No doubt some of his hard fo thinking minions would still maintain it's his halo. He is the messiah after all.
5 posted on 03/31/2011 7:31:55 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama hoping for a "big international aid effort".....

There goes our money down the ME black hole again.

We don't need an "Obama Doctrine".

Even the Monroe Doctrine dissolved into shambles years ago under the Demonrats.

Leni

6 posted on 03/31/2011 7:32:08 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Obama....you'll have to pry my incandescent lightbulbs from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: BenLurkin

This is sick! Absolutely as disgusting as the fraud mulatto moron impersonating a President! The L.A. Times is sick!


7 posted on 03/31/2011 7:33:06 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: BenLurkin

8 posted on 03/31/2011 7:33:15 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“International aid” for the Arabs? Where is he going to get the money? The oil rich Arabs don’t need “International aid”. When we look at aid to Libya, something like $150 Million a year and look at what Libya payed for the Lockerbee incident, we payed for it, not Libya. Our politicians are so screwed up it’s pathetic. We need to stop all foreign aid until we get our house in order and then limit it drastically.


9 posted on 03/31/2011 7:36:13 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
A doctrine defines one’s actions, not the other way around.
10 posted on 03/31/2011 7:37:39 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

There actually seems to be several Obama doctrines:

“We make it up as we go along.”

“France leads, we follow.”

“When the U.N. speaks, the U.S. leaps.”

“Speak softly and carry a tiny stick.”

“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty—so long as it doesn’t last more than a few days.”

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”


11 posted on 03/31/2011 7:42:23 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obvious proof that Community Activists don’t know how to fight wars.....


12 posted on 03/31/2011 7:42:30 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Our rookie world socialist is no match for Muslim terrorists. He’s proving it every day. He’s very dangerous for all of us.


13 posted on 03/31/2011 7:44:33 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Right now, Obama and his staff are too focused on winning the war in Libya to spend much time elaborating on the fine points of a grand doctrine.

Really? Seems to me that might be true if 'Victory' weren't so distasteful to this bunch.

14 posted on 03/31/2011 7:45:43 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: BenLurkin
They are already working on a larger policy to help it come out right, including a big international aid program — one they hope will be funded partly by Arab oil states — to help Egypt, Tunisia and other new democracies succeed.

And why would these religiously orthodox, authoritarian gulf regimes want to "fund" democracy? It's not in their best interests, long-term. Oh, they might throw in a few buck out of sheer politeness, but it won't be a meaningful amount. The US Taxpayer will get the tab.

15 posted on 03/31/2011 7:48:09 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Will Palin now be blamed for not knowing the Obama doctrine.....even though Obama hasn’t a clue what it is.


16 posted on 03/31/2011 7:49:03 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: NWFLConservative

Thank goodness!

I was afraid that the LAT had gone vitriolic on us.


17 posted on 03/31/2011 7:49:16 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Good lawd. ENOUGH with the ‘halo’, already! Geesh!


18 posted on 03/31/2011 7:57:47 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: NWFLConservative
"Right now, Obama and his staff are too focused on winning the war in Libya to spend much time elaborating on the fine points of a grand doctrine"

huh?

19 posted on 03/31/2011 8:04:59 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Pietro

Obama doctrine:

Fire
Aim
Plan
Explain


20 posted on 03/31/2011 8:15:03 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Imhotep Obama’s doctrine is simple.

Caliphate.


21 posted on 03/31/2011 8:28:09 AM PDT by chris37 (awesome!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Led into war by a president who can't be trusted we end up helping the Brotherhood take over North Africa!

Hope and Change.... Tragic.

Oposer poses for photos1sm
Barack ''Jackwagon'' Hussein: A National Embarrassment

22 posted on 03/31/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: DrC
Let me add one doctrine:
Chaos doctrine - When two Islamic factions fight keep the war balanced

I don't know if that is what he is doing though.

23 posted on 03/31/2011 9:14:13 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: NWFLConservative
It's no new doctrine but the continuation of Obama’s energy policy to raise the price of a U.S. gallon of gas to $8. Had the U.S. and NATO stayed out of this fracas Benghazi would have fallen weeks ago to Qaddafi. It wouldn't have been pretty but order would have been reestablished for a while and oil prices would have stabilized. Instead the oil price keeps rising.
24 posted on 03/31/2011 5:43:26 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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