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February 24, 2009

Some Observations on the Speech
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Obama's speech today was obviously about the economy with foreign policy clearly playing second fiddle.  But I did like a few things in there.

1.  "We’ll eliminate the no-bid contracts that have wasted billions in Iraq, and reform our defense budget so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use."  Refreshing to hear.  Obviously we'll have to see what is in the budget.  But this is a good start.

2.  Arab-Israeli issue:   With only six paragraphs on foreign policy he chooses to give a nod to the Arab-Israeli conflict.  A refreshing reorientation from the previous administration.  This is a real priority form the very beginning. 

3.  Economic crisis as foreign policy issue:  A clear recognition that the econoimc crisis has undermined our credibility internationally and weakened our international position.  And that we need to take a strong international leadership position on this issue - something that the Bush administration failed to do.


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