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Obama Doctrine?

The Obama doctrine, which the President laid out in his Oslo speech, came as a surprise to many conservative supporters of the Bush National Security Strategy, like Robert Kagan, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin, who praised the speech. It should not have surprised them.

The Obama doctrine, which the President laid out in his Oslo speech, came as a surprise to many conservative supporters of the Bush National Security Strategy, like Robert Kagan, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin, who praised the speech. It should not have surprised them. In his campaign, Obama made many of these points. For example, he said he would withdraw our combat troops from Iraq (the dumb war, or the unjust or unnecessary war, that did not have the support of the international community), increase forces in Afghanistan (the just war that had been legitimized by the UN and NATO and was supported by 40,000 troops from other nations), and take military action against Al Qaeda and their Taliban supporters in Pakistan’s frontier areas if Pakistan would not.

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Lawrence J. Korb

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