As President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are getting ready to debate on foreign policy. I suspect far too much time will be spent on both sides bickering over whether or not Obama’s policy was too wussy in Libya and whether the White House was trying to pull the wool over America’s eyes about intelligence suggesting the consulate attacks were caused by an organized effort or a spontaneous mob.
However, a sensible opponent to Obama and his policies abroad might touch on another, broader, set of issues. To name a few…
- The existence and legal ambiguity of Obama’s “kill list” and the methods through which these targets are killed.
- An Obama administration failure to close Guantanamo Bay, well articulated at The Atlantic.
Among progressives and civil-liberties voters, Obama’s initial decision to shelve the Guantanamo issue represented a betrayal of the highest order. Dreaming publicly now about closing Gitmo after he didn’t take the opportunity to do so in the first two years of his term — when Democrats still controlled both houses of Congress — rips open an old wound that only depresses base enthusiasm rather than energize it.
Neither is it clear that the proposal will get much traction in the broader electorate. Americans supportkeeping the prison open for business at a rate of 70 percent.
- Obama’s constant expansion of the government’s politically sensitive drone program, which threatens lives in and sovereignty of many Middle Eastern and North African nations.
What other foreign policy issues would you like to see Obama give answers on? Let us know in the comments.