Obama Doctrine

CPD: 2008 Debate Transcript

What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don’t have national security issues at stake?

OBAMA: Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake.

If we could have intervened effectively in the Holocaust, who among us would say that we had a moral obligation not to go in?

If we could’ve stopped Rwanda, surely, if we had the ability, that would be something that we would have to strongly consider and act.

So when genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that diminishes us.

OBAMA: And so I do believe that we have to consider it as part of our interests, our national interests, in intervening where possible.

But understand that there’s a lot of cruelty around the world. We’re not going to be able to be everywhere all the time. That’s why it’s so important for us to be able to work in concert with our allies.

You know what?  I agree with this statement 100%.  The problem is, he doesn’t back up his words with actions.  See, we’ve had this exact situation recently, and Obama has done everything he could to oppose ending the Iraqi holocaust.

Because, you know, it was all bubble-gum smiles and the roads were paved with gumdrops before the evil Amerikans came.  Ask Sean Penn, he’ll tell you.

Update: In fact, it wasn’t even his position then:

“Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep US forces there,” the AP reported on July 20, 2007 (my italics).


  1. libhomo says:

    The war in Iraq is the cause of the mass slaughter. “Keating Five” McCain and the rest of the politicians who caused the war are responsible for over 1.2 million Iraqi deaths.

    The worst thing is that McCain’s motives were entirely based upon political corruption. He is completely bought and paid for by Big Oil and the mercenary companies that are bleeding this country dry.

  2. Phelps says:

    So, Saddam tortured his people for 30 years because he knew we would eventually invade? Riiiiight.

    Also, Obama has taken more in contributions from “Big Oil”, so that kicks your theory in the nutbag from the start.

    Why don’t you go find a Bircher on freep to argue with?