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Benghazi Exposes Failures of Obama Doctrine
Posted By Helle Dale On May 15, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In International | Comments Disabled
President Obama’s aggressive response to legitimate questions about Benghazi at his news conference  with British Prime Minister David Cameron—calling these important investigations a “sideshow” and a “political circus”—exposed an Administration with little substantive argument on its side.
U.S. foreign policy is in shambles, and the Obama Doctrine lies at the heart of the problem. Scholars like the Hoover Institution’s Bruce Thornton have offered analysis of the Obama Doctrine on foreign affairs, describing its underpinnings as political expediency mixed with classic liberalism .
In a series of papers and panel discussions , The Heritage Foundation itself has explored and tracked the Obama Doctrine. Four main tenets were identified by authors Kim H. Holmes and James J. Carafano.
In the name of making the United States “an equal partner” rather than an “exceptional” nation, Obama has sought remake American foreign policy. This has involved:
Regrettably, the consequence of this smaller U.S. global footprint (which goes along with a much more intrusive domestic policy agenda) is that the Obama foreign policy has left terrorists emboldened, not defeated. This past year has seen the attacks and protests multiply against U.S. missions abroad—in Benghazi and at U.S. embassies around the world. At home, we experienced the worst terrorist attack since September 11, 2001, at the Boston Marathon.
Soft power has not advanced the cause of political reform or peace in the Middle East following the Arab uprisings. And regimes like those of Syria, North Korea, and Iran display little fear of consequences from a U.S. in global retreat.
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 news conference: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/president-obama-british-pm-david-cameron-hold-news-19169560
 classic liberalism: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-thornton/the-obama-doctrine-politics-first-american-sin/
 panel discussions: http://www.heritage.org/events/2013/03/obama-doctrine
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