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The Obama doctrine

But Obama has also pledged to retool the NAFTA, to make sure that the new agreement will contain protection clauses for Americans to be complied with by the US trading partners (Maeve Reston). As Obama has been pictured by the Republican as one who doesn’t stand on one issue (Baldwin), he has always been an advocate of free trade that one has to stand on a guiding principle (Steinhauser). The two candidates also take digressing opinions on the NAFTA, saying the accord signed by the United States is the key for economic development (Reston).

This policy is in opposition to the stand of the Democratic candidate, who is being framed by McCain as protectionist and isolationist candidate (Baldwin). As the political exercise heated up, the Republican standard bearer has tried to quell the rhetorical battle, that in elections statements tend to be over amplified (Baldwin). But Obama has tried to dissipate the accusations of the Republican candidate that trade is still a center piece of the campaign (Mason). All that Obama is trying to pursue is that the agreements, once retooled, would lead to a more equitable distribution of opportunities to all parties (Mason).

Foreign Policy: The face of America John McCain is an advocate of the United States taking on a more hostile tone to the perceived enemies (Fareed Zakaria). In one of his speeches, McCain indicated that it would be an active policy of the United States to have Russia expelled from the Group of 8 (G8) (Zakaria). In the same breath, the Republican standard bearer also proposed to enlarge the membership of the G8 by accommodating countries such as India and Brazil to the detriment of regional and global powerhouse China (Zakaria).

This declaration of McCain would seem to be step backwards on the policy of integration (Zakaria). Ironically, it was the United States, that McCain is campaigning to lead, that started the policy, with Nixon wooing China and Reagan doing the same with Moscow (Zakaria). The challenge for Obama would be steering away from the policies of the last several years under President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney (James Traub). In short, the policies of Obama must take on a “post-9/11” context (Traub).

Obama is one for the destruction of threats to the country, but is also for the restoration of the United States to its place of respect to help the downtrodden and address the issues that breed hostile emotions toward the United States (Spencer Ackerman). Obama’s policy must insure a variety of solutions, other than military force (Ackerman). And, in many voters’ eyes, Obama has the tools and the vision to carry this policy through (Ackerman).

Works Cited

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