U.S. Foreign Policy Democratic Party's Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: History - Israel Type: Essay Paper: #98448319 Related Topics: Foreign Policy, Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Middle Eastern, Hillary Clinton
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However, when Obama gave that speech, he could not have anticipated how events would unfold in Iran, Egypt, and other nations in which the young people he had addressed as part of the Islamic world would begin to demand their rights. Obama and the mainstream representatives of the Democratic Party were criticized by many on both the right and the left for an insufficiently aggressive response to the demands for democratic enfranchisement. "For decades, the United States has prioritized a now clearly illusory stability over American ideals" (Hamid 2010). The U.S. had exerted relatively little pressure upon the de facto dictator of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, to ensure a stable regime in the nation with a reasonably pro-American leader. However, the Obama Administration's response can be read less as an endorsement of decades of previous administrations' complacency regarding right-wing dictators as it was a fear of seeming to endorse the actions of the democratic demonstrators. Indications of U.S. support could have been read as direct control over the movement, and worked against the establishment of a more participatory government.

Obama's position during the Iran demonstrations was similarly criticized by both the right and the left for its moderation -- once again, the President was cautious about openly expressing U.S. support for protestors against the government, who were alleging election fraud. "The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States…That's what they do. That's what we're already seeing. We shouldn't be playing into that," he said, drawing anger from his Republican opponents in Congress (Kelly 2009).

Eventually, Obama was forced to take military action against Libya, when the world's supply of oil. Yet when necessary, Obama has also been willing to back the U.S. government's support of democratic movements with force, so long as it does not compromise the state's autonomy. A critical aspect of Obama's support for the democratic protestors was the organic nature of the protest, and the support of the international community. The U.S. remains true to its values, but no longer strives to 'go it alone' in this complicated and fractious region.

References

Hamid, S. (2011, January). How Obama got Egypt wrong. The Brookings Institute.

Retrieved July 8, 2011 at http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0128_egypt_obama_hamid.aspx

Kelly, Mary Louise. (2009). Obama draws criticism for Iran response. NPR.

Retrieved July 8, 2011 at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105764497

Klein, Joe. (May 26, 2011). What Bibi gains by misrepresenting Obama's Middle East policy

Time Magazine. Retrieved July 8, 2011 at http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2074015,00.html#ixzz1RZDGPo10

Obama, Barak. (2009). Remarks by the President: A new beginning. The White House.

Retrieved July 8, 2011 at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09

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References

Hamid, S. (2011, January). How Obama got Egypt wrong. The Brookings Institute.

Retrieved July 8, 2011 at http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0128_egypt_obama_hamid.aspx

Kelly, Mary Louise. (2009). Obama draws criticism for Iran response. NPR.

Retrieved July 8, 2011 at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105764497


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