Obama Says GOP Rivals Can’t Attack His Hawkish Foreign Policy

Speaking at fundraisers tonight in Manhattan, President Obama insisted that his potential GOP rivals wouldn’t be able to claim that either he or the Democrats are “weak on defense” because of his own hawkish positions, which he insisted were a runaway success.

Citing his order to kill Osama bin Laden in a raid on Pakistan as well as following the Bush Administration’s 2012 Iraq deadline, Obama insisted that his foreign policy was about “being tough and strong and protecting the American people” and repeatedly assured donors he was committed to Israel’s security.

Though Obama has of course been dramatically more hawkish in the last four years than his 2008 campaign would have suggested, a number of the Republican rivals pushing for the party’s nomination are positioning themselves as even more aggressive, and have criticized Obama for not starting enough wars during his first term.

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Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.