Obama's Foreign Policy Speech
by Matt Stoller, Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 01:27:04 PM EDT
Here's his big speech. I want to leave this open to commenting, but I will make some observations. One, his plan leaves forces in Iraq to fight Al Qaeda. Two, he wants to increase the size of the military. Three, he argues that more trade agreements and more assistance to displaced workers is the right strategy. Four, he is putting 'cap-and-trade' out there to deal with global warming, which is very different and much more centrist than Dodd's approach of a global carbon tax.
It's good speech, what I would expect from a brilliant neoliberal. Obama provides a connected economic and political vision, which very much borrows from McGovern, Carter, and Clinton's notions of a globalized and connected community led by American moral and military might. There's a lot to like here, though it's not so much a progressive vision, which you can tell from his allusions to people like Dick Lugar, George Schultz, Henry Kissinger, Bill Perry, and Sam Nunn. It's from the Clinton playbook.
The Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama fight looks like Hart-Mondale, doesn't it? Anyway, please read the speech and let me know your thoughts. Please read it, don't just come on here and pump up your candidate. That's boring.
Update [2007-4-23 19:29:2 by Matt Stoller]:: Scott Paul has related thoughts at the Washington Note. I'm a bit surprised at the lack of discussion in the blogosphere at large, though I'm really enjoying the comments in this thread. So substantive! MyDDers be proud!