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Politics

US Presidential Election and Foreign Policies

September 30, 2012 by Jesse Schmitt in Politics with 0 Comments

There has been acts of anti-American demonstration in North America,Pakistan, Middle East, and other countries in the period just before the US presidential election. Looks like, these dramas and screens aren’t the best background for current president Obama to bring his election campaign into a smooth climax. The current situation holds very much true when Jimmy Carter suffered from an unfortunate experience of having discussion with siege of the American Embassy, holding of American convict in Iran, just before a year ahead of his presidential election in 1979.

The current scenario is definitely not Barak Obama is looking for; it looks as the exact opposite of that he hoped for. His first foreign activity conducted in 2009 was to indicate to nations of the Middle East in a speech in Egyptand Cairo, offering opportunities for expansion of Middle Eastern regional relationships. This sentiment was hugely accepted by worldwide and even led him earn a Nobel Peace Prize. During those days too, he created to impress the American citizens with a feel that after the tough wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he was in a position to get back American groups from both the countries in a large number. However, the last two week’s events that occurred in Afghanistan demonstrate the capability of Afghans to offer minimal security for enduring American troops.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s noticeable success over al Qaeda finding Bin Laden inPakistanwas highly praised by many in US and other countries that supportAmerica. However, the situation has worsened betweenPakistanand US, which is likely to announce war against Qaeda. The obvious involvement in the nation by US, so as to deal with its enemies, has developed a certain volatility and insecurity in the ruling government. Moreover, President Zardari’s administration is also showing hesitancy to support US in the Afghan battle.

With Gadaffi getting defeated inLibya, the President had fulfilled his promise that he made during his election campaign. The NATO along with European force brought the victory, creating a troop of opposition political exiles to power. Obama in speech has given the credit for inspiring the Arab Spring, maneuvering againstIran. He said that bang of Arab Spring hasn’t been excused in US from usual obloquy and hostility, unlike other American administration has been exempted to.

The similar cold war-like circumstances play out at Security Council withChinaandRussia, denying being a part in American diplomacy.

About Jesse Schmitt

Jesse Schmitt has been a journalist for almost 10 years.  She started her career at United Press International in Providence, Rhode Island and has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, Southern California, London and New York. Since 2005, she has written the biweekly ShortCuts column for The New York Times business section. Her personal finance columns received a Best in Business award in 2011 from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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