Condoleeza Riceâ€™s foreign-policy record - Slate Magazine
Jared Sperli stashed this in politics
Adam, a counter to your Condi convo.
First, itâ€™s not at all clear that they have the slightest idea what to do or evenâ€”judging from Romneyâ€™s disastrously tin-eared trip to Europe this summerâ€”how to think about what to do.
Second (this is the chutzpah part), Condi Riceâ€”a top adviser in the most disastrous, reputation-crippling foreign-policy administration in decadesâ€”has no business lecturing anybody on this score.
Finally, Obama has done pretty well in foreign policy, and polls of actual foreignersâ€”including alliesâ€”suggest that they think so too.
Well said, Jared:
Obamaâ€™s foreign policy, while hardly perfect, has been quite successful. Uncommon for a first-term president, he hasnâ€™t caused any outright catastrophes. He ended the Iraq war (a subject that neither Rice, who helped start it, nor McCain, who avidly promoted it, mentioned Wednesday night). He approved his generalsâ€™ plan for escalating the war in Afghanistan, but when it didnâ€™t work, he backed off instead of plunging deeper into the big muddy. Andâ€”something the Republicans wish everyone would forgetâ€”he ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden (a decision more fraught with risk than his critics acknowledge) and decimated al-Qaida.