THE PLANK APRIL 25, 2007
I'm a little late to the debate over Barack Obama's foreign policy speech yesterday. Having read the speech, I was struck that it was more hawkish than I expected. Obama positioned himself between the neoconservative idea that anti-Americanism is not a problem and the left-liberal idea that the United States has no right to flout world opinion:
We must meet those expectations again, not because being respected is an end in itself, but because the security of America and the wider world demands it.
He proposed a significant expansion of the armed forces:
I strongly support the expansion of our ground forces by adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines.
And he explicitly embraced the possibility of unilateralism:
No President should ever hesitate to use force