The Obama Doctrine

I just finished reading Spencer Ackerman’s American Prospect piece, The Obama Doctrine, and I have to admit that while I like Obama’s foreign policy approach, and I like Ackerman’s piece, the article reflects a certain confusion that seems prevalent in the way we parse the complicated causal matrix that links poverty, security and political repression to terrorism. Ackerman follows up a passage summarizing the various liberal critiques of President Bush’s democracy promotion agenda with this: What’s typically neglected in these arguments is the simple insight that democracy does not fill stomachs, alleviate malaria, or protect neighborhoods from marauding bands of […]

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