Obama's Foreign Policy and National Security Record
Furthermore, the administration was agonizingly slow to cease efforts to engage Bashar al-Assad as demonstrators took to the streets in Syria. While mass protests began in March 2011, it was not until August of that year that the administration formally announced its policy of supporting regime change. Doubt still remains that the administration is fully committed to it, as the death toll grows beyond 20,000, hundreds of thousands are displaced, and as members of the Syrian opposition claim the U.S. is failing to deliver even the promised non-lethal aid to their effort.
The president can rightly claim successes in his foreign policy – the killing of Osama bin Laden, the progress made in Afghanistan before his premature withdrawal of the surge, his use and expansion of Bush administration counter terror tools to go after al Qaeda and affiliated groups, and the ouster of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. However, the president’s signature initiatives have, in many respects, been counterproductive at best, and, when combined with his gutting of our military, are leading to a world in which America will be unable to defend American interests and influence an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world.
Jamie Fly is executive director and Evan Moore is a policy analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative.