Obama as the "Decider"
13 January 2009
The forces shaping Obama’s foreign policy when he takes the reins as Commander-in-Chief
2008 was just one of those years. It was easy to get lost among all that took place. Everywhere you turned there was something else. From a presidential election that may not bring much change, but undoubtedly brought a lot of history, to an economic catastrophe brought on by profligate spending and an overabundance of easy credit, that we are now told will be solved through greater profligacy and easier credit, it was an interesting year to say the least, and it was easy to forget about the many things that happened outside the United States.
2009 is already starting off with a bang. Jan 3 saw the week-long war bombardment of the Gaza Strip turn into, to use Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s phrase, “all out war,” as Israeli tanks rumbled into Gaza for the first time since withdrawing in 2005. An incident has already taken place in Iraq between U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi civilian that will test the recently enacted Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). India and Pakistan stand on the verge of their fifth war since both achieved independence in 1947 - and the first since both states acquired nuclear weapons. And the United States just handed out yet another war guarantee, this time in the form a “strategic partnership” with Georgia - yes, the same Georgia that had a brief war with Russia this summer.
So Mr. President-Elect, sure you still want the job?