Diary

The Obama Doctrine

During the vice-presidential debate, the moderator Gwen Ifill asked Joe Biden the following question:

“You argued for intervention in Bosnia and Kosovo, initially in Iraq and Pakistan and now in Darfur, putting U.S. troops on the ground. Boots on the ground. Is this something the American public has the stomach for?”

After a lengthy answer from Senator Biden, Ms. Ifill followed up with the question, “Is there a line that should be drawn about when we decide to go in?”

Biden: “Absolutely. There is a line that should be drawn.”Ifill: “What is it?”Biden: “The line that should be drawn is whether we A, first of all have the capacity to do anything about it number one. And number two, certain new lines that have to be drawn internationally. When a country engages in genocide, when a country engaging in harboring terrorists and will do nothing about it, at that point that country in my view and Barack’s view forfeits their right to say you have no right to intervene at all.”

Throughout the entire presidential campaign, Barack Obama has argued that the invasion of Iraq was a fundamental error and lack of judgment on the Bush administration and, therefore, on the part of McCain (as he has characterized a first term of McCain as a third term of Bush).

Number 1: The USA clearly has the most powerful military force on earth.

Number 2a: From Wikipedia (under the article for Iraqi Kurdistan):”The Al-Anfal Campaign constituted a systematic genocide of the Kurdish people in Iraq. From March 29, 1987 until April 23, 1989, Iraqi army under the command of Ali Hassan al-Majid carried out a genocidal campaign against the Kurds, characterized by the following human rights violations: The widespread use of chemical weapons, the wholesale destruction of some 2,000 villages, and slaughter of around 50,000 rural Kurds, by the most conservative estimates.”

Number 2b: Per the Council on Foreign Relations website:”Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship provided headquarters, operating bases, training camps, and other support to terrorist groups fighting the governments of neighboring Turkey and Iran, as well as to hard-line Palestinian groups.”

So does this mean that Obama actually follows the Bush Doctrine?