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“I think the most significant aspect of the president’s approach to foreign and national security policy is that he basically doesn’t care about it,”
He later added that he thought Obama could be compared to Gov. Michael Dukakis, in that both see the
“I think this marks him as different from the long line of American presidents since Franklin Roosevelt beginning on December the 7th (of) 1941, virtually all of whom got up every morning worrying about threats to American national security policy,”
“It motivated them. It was the top of their agenda. I just don’t think that’s the priority that President Obama has,” he said.
“Not that he doesn’t ever deal with foreign and national security policy—of course, he does, but typically only when he has to and when it can’t be avoided. And you get the sense it’s almost an interference—a nuisance—in the way of his pursuit of his domestic agenda.
He said the administration’s visit with Chinese President Hu Jintao was “remarkably substance free” and that they lack a “grand strategy” for handling relations with
“What I just said about
“As the Russians behave in a nearly belligerent fashion, our response is to limit our offensive nuclear weapons capabilities in a way that constrains us that does not equally constrain Russia,” he said of the new START treaty that the Senate ratified in December 2010.
He also called North Korea a “prison camp inhabited by 23 million people” and said the U.S. stance toward them, which was initially a willingness to negotiate with dictator Kim Jong-Il, is “a policy of complete naiveté in my view, and it’s been treated as such by the intended recipients on the other side.”
Turning to the
The White House seemed to be taking a wait-and-see approach before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a statement on Friday critical of Mubarak’s efforts to tamp down on demonstrators, without endorsing regime change.
Obama “is a very strong believer in multilateralism—both through the United Nations, the G20, other multilateral groups that – he’s very comfortable subsuming American leadership into larger collective action”
“It reminds me very much of what George H.W. Bush said back in 1988 when he accepted the Republican nomination for president and talked about his opponent, Governor Michael Dukakis,”
“Bush 41 said back then, referring to Dukakis, said, ‘He sees America as another pleasant country on the United Nations roll call somewhere out there between Albania and Zimbabwe,’ and I think what Bush said about Dukakis you could say about Obama. We’re one of 192, nothing particularly special, and that that’s really what motivates him,” he added.
“I wanted to just take the opportunity here of being halfway – at least I hope we are half way—through the Obama presidency to review what has happened internationally in the first two years,” he said. “Because I think while the media and the president himself have tried to focus on domestic affairs, the rest of the world isn’t waiting for us to get our economic house in order.”