Leading columnist looks at Obama’s classic liberal foreign policy views

By Incorrect Author 17 December 2009

One of America’s most influential columnists, David Brooks, analysed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy views, placing him squarely in the traditional liberal internationalist camp of people such as the late senator Henry Jackson and influential theologian Reinhold Niebuhr – especially after hearing Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech defending the notion of the “just war”. Brooks wrote: “His speeches at West Point and Oslo this year are pitch-perfect explications of the liberal internationalist approach. Other Democrats talk tough in a secular way, but Obama’s speeches were thoroughly theological. He talked about the ‘core struggle of human nature’ between love and evil. But his doctrine is becoming clear. The Oslo speech was the most profound of his presidency, and maybe his life.”  Well worth a look. For more, read the New York Times


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