It’s no secret American leadership in the world is growing weaker. Our decreasing influence can be traced to the Obama Doctrine.
With his goal to make the United States “an equal partner” rather than an “exceptional” nation, President Obama has sought to remake American foreign policy. For years, The Heritage Foundation has explored and tracked the Obama Doctrine. Heritage’s Helle Dale explains the four main tenets identified by authors Kim Holmes and James Carafano. They are:
- Ratification of more treaties and reliance on international organizations more often to deal with global crises and security concerns like nuclear weapons, often before turning to our traditional friends and allies;
- Emphasis on diplomacy and “soft power” instruments such as summits and foreign aid to promote its aims and downplay military might;
- Adoption of a more humble attitude in state-to-state relations; and
- Playing a more restrained role on the international stage.
Becoming weaker in the world’s eye is not advantageous for the U.S.. Dale explains:
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.
While the Obama Doctrine has made America weaker abroad, he has pushed for a stronger and more intrusive government at home. Recent scandals aside (IRS, AP spying, Benghazi), Obamacare is a prime example of a power-grab. As Heritage president Jim DeMint wrote in yesterday’s Morning Bell, Obamacare is a means by which President Obama can jockey for more power through the IRS: “ Obamacare grants it (IRS) massive new authority.”
Do you think President Obama needs to reevaluate his policy priorities?