Are Campaign Critiques Affecting Obama's Foreign Policy?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

US President Barack Obama, speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining Defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington President Barack Obama speaks about the Defense Strategic Review during a press briefing at the Pentagon. (Saul Loeb/Getty)

As the Republican Presidential candidates fight for the GOP nomination, President Obama is getting slammed on all sides. While voters consistently say that the economy is the most important issue in this election, the Republican candidates are particularly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy. Both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for his stance on Iran's nuclear capabilities at the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) Conference earlier this week. Santorum was particularly critical of the President for apologizing for the Koran burnings in Afghanistan last month. 

So how has Obama handled this criticism? What about other presidents? How do rival campaigns affect incumbents’ decision-making when it comes to foreign policy? We're joined by David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times and contributor to WQXR's "The Washington Report."


David Sanger

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Jillian Weinberger

Comments [5]


Odd how President Obama feels candidates, who have no authority over our troops, should make a case to the American people regarding Iran. President Obama did not feel the American people deserved the same respect when he sent our troops to bomb Libya - and yes there were troops on the ground, even if few in number. Nor do I recall President Obama feeling he should justify sending drones to kill American citizen. Hmmm, could this be a double standard?

Mar. 08 2012 10:57 AM
carl, queens, n.y.

and in conclusion, and at the risk of wearing out the welcome mat, i might add, the reason the palestinian conflick never came up is because every thing is going swimmingly for the isrealis... every second that goes by [like the the 60 minute clock], more land changes hands from the hapeless but tenacious pals., to the isrealis... if things were not going swimmingly, they would have been screaming bloody murder...

Mar. 08 2012 10:16 AM
carl, queens, n.y.

that fiends should be, friends... there is a slight difference... now i know why i'm a joe ''3'' pack and not a joe ''6'' pack...

Mar. 08 2012 10:02 AM
carl, queens, n.y.

the one and only abe lincoln said, ''the best way to destroy you enemies is to make them your fiends''... abe is getting my vote...

Mar. 08 2012 09:51 AM
carl, queens, n.y.

before i die, just once i want to hear m.e. news and opinions from the prospective of a persian american, or a palestian american.... iran, a country that can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag, has two great countries in a state of neurosis, the end result of decades of a failed foreign policy in the region... we reap what we sow... too bad we didn't carry a big wallet[for those countries in need], instead of a big stick... too bad we didn't try to make friends instead of enemies.... when mitt said ''the pres. through the isrealis under the bus'', had i been in the audience, i would have yelled out, it is you who through our own pres. under a ''caterpillar tractor'' steamroller... am i the only joe 3 pack who sees this... how can any in their mind even consider newt, who is taking tens of millions from a guy who is bent on nuking iran?,etc...

Mar. 08 2012 09:24 AM

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