Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Obama Doctrine is: The Common Good (Globally)...

Well, it is a little bit more complex than that ^^^ , of course. It's actually: "COMMON SECURITY FOR OUR COMMON HUMANITY" (Translation: If we all work for the Common Good on a global level we will all be better off!)

How can I know that? I'll bet you are wondering about that right now... 

After all, the GOP has no clue ~ they just have a string of hateful words for a foreign policy that doesn't even exist in the one brain they share. And media buys into GOP propaganda that things like a slip of the tongue by SOS John Kerry accidentally persuaded Syria to give up chemical weapons.

But. it's really not all that difficult ~ not if you really follow President Obama. I really follow him because I would not have voted for a President I wasn't fairly certain shared my overarching principles and because I know actions speak louder than words.

I read candidate Obama's "Renewing American Leadership," written in 2007:

I knew a long time ago he was talking about the "visionary leadership" that was being called for "in the twenty-first century -- a vision that draws from the past but is not bound by outdated thinking." Not leading from behind but leading differently.

I knew a long time ago he was talking about how we may be tempted to withdraw from the world, about how that would be a mistake, about how "America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, and the world cannot meet them without America" and about how the "... mission of the United States is to provide global leadership grounded in the understanding that the world shares a common security and a common humanity. .."

And, I thought at the time ~ well, all right, let's rock on ... 

But, of course, I am not an obamabot ~

1. A person who supports Obama and is willing to vote for him but doesn't know a thing about him.
2. It's just a label for someone who doesn't know anything about Obama. You call them a Obamabot because they just spew out their support but have nothing else to show. )

so I thought I'd reserve judgment. I'd wait to read his National Security Agenda and to hear from the implementer of his foreign policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  , before deciding I really understood the Obama Doctrine and before deciding if I really agreed ~ or not.

Of course, soon after Barack Obama was elected as the President of the United States the Republican Party made a political, strategic decision to nullify him and the millions of Americans who voted for him ~ making it impossible, I knew the moment that information was revealed, for the Obama Administration to fully implement his 21st Century Foreign Policy for the benefit of the American People. A tragedy for us...

Nonetheless, after reading candidate Barack Obama's Summer 2007 piece and his May 2010 National Strategy Agenda and after listening Secretary of State Hillary Clinton elaborate on his Foreign Policy at the Council of Foreign Affairs I was on board.

Then came the Secretary of State's December 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review: Leading Through Civilian Power and I was really sold on the infrastructure being built to support the Obama Doctrine ~ even if it meant not having it all under the GOP nullification of a duly elected American President. It was worth the effort and it was worth getting done as much as could possible get done in the time he had.

"The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review provides a blueprint for elevating American "civilian power" to better advance our national interests and to be a better partner to the U.S. military. Leading through civilian power means directing and coordinating the resources of all America's civilian agencies to prevent and resolve conflicts; help countries lift themselves out of poverty into prosperous, stable, and democratic states; and build global coalitions to address global problems." 
... A cost-effective investment for the American people; A powerful tool for preventing armed conflict and managing crises ; A catalyst to spur economic growth, open markets for U.S. goods and create jobs at home; and  A necessary response to the complex nature of the problems of the 21st century. ..."

Simply put ~ The Obama Doctrine is: We are all in this together and the United States is not going to police the world alone unless there is absolutely no alternative and in the meantime, let's get this global economy working for everyone!

If you'd like to be more informed than the GOP and the media, Secretary of State John Kerry is currently overseeing a 2014 Review. You can read about the launch of it here.