Obama the Global Military Expansionist (His Words)

Not many people have read a certain essay entitled “Renewing American Leadership” written by then-Senator Barack Obama in 2007.  However, understanding his views on the use and function of the military may help give us insight into why the “peace candidate” is okay with killing dozens of civilians in air raids in order to kill a few suspected terrorists and has shown no intention of lessening our military presence in the Middle East.

Here are a few excerts from the 2007 essay.  He writes:

…Our starting point must always be a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel, our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy. That commitment is all the more important as we contend with growing threats in the region — a strengthened Iran, a chaotic Iraq, the resurgence of al Qaeda, the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah…

A strong military is, more than anything, necessary to sustain peace…We must use this moment both to rebuild our military and to prepare it for the missions of the future. We must retain the capacity to swiftly defeat any conventional threat to our country and our vital interests. But we must also become better prepared to put boots on the ground in order to take on foes that fight asymmetrical and highly adaptive campaigns on a global scale…

…We should expand our ground forces by adding 65,000 soldiers to the army and 27,000 marines…

And here is the kicker:

We must also consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability — to support friends, participate in stability and reconstruction operations, or confront mass atrocities. But when we do use force in situations other than self-defense, we should make every effort to garner the clear support and participation of others — as President George H. W. Bush did when we led the effort to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991.

I would invite President Obama to consider that it is the very use of force in such situations that is the threat to global stability.  But that’s a whole new conversation.  Read the entirety of the essay, which goes into several topics not here discussed, here.

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