Does Barack Obama Believe in Realpolitik?

 

Lots of Obamaphiles like to say that Barack Obama is a practitioner of realpolitik in the mold of George Herbert Walker Bush. Presumably, this is meant to make Republicans more comfortable with Obama’s foreign policy. But Paul Bonicelli studies the record and takes issue with this claim. Here’s why:

  • Practitioners of realpolitik don’t seek the approval of the United Nations as much as the Obama administration does.

  • Practitioners of realpolitik do more to try to shape the international system so that it conforms with the interests of the nation-state being led/represented by the practitioners in question.
  • Practitioners of realpolitik do more to secure economic and military strength in order to maximize nation-state power.
  • And finally, when practitioners of realpolitik have leverage overseas, they tend to use it instead of wasting it.

I would love to have an administration that pays more than lip service to the principles of realpolitik. But the Obama administration is not that administration. I don’t get why the president and his buddies don’t just call themselves Wilsonian internationalists? Whom do they think they are fooling, anyway?

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  1. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    No one cares.

    • #1
    • December 11, 2012 at 2:48 am
  2. Profile photo of TeamAmerica Member

    PY-“Hopefully, we can do something about that.”

    Any ideas as to how we can barring a major foreign policy crisis

    • #2
    • December 11, 2012 at 4:56 am
  3. Profile photo of Leslie Watkins Member

    Whom do they think they are fooling, anyway?

    Everyone, unfortunately. And way too many let him get away with it.

    • #3
    • December 11, 2012 at 8:19 am
  4. Profile photo of ConservativeWanderer Inactive

    Better question: Does Barack Obama believe in anything except his own power?

    The answer is no.

    • #4
    • December 11, 2012 at 8:23 am
  5. Profile photo of Scarlet Pimpernel Member

    The evidence suggests that he is a believer in surreal politik.

    • #5
    • December 11, 2012 at 8:59 am
  6. Profile photo of TeamAmerica Member

    PY-“Whom do they think they are fooling, anyway?”

    The media, for sure

    • #6
    • December 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm
  7. Profile photo of Pejman Yousefzadeh Inactive
    Pejman Yousefzadeh Post author

    Hopefully, we can do something about that.

    TeamAmerica: PY-“Whom do they think they are fooling, anyway?”

    The media, for sure · 22 minutes ago

    • #7
    • December 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm
  8. Profile photo of Pejman Yousefzadeh Inactive
    Pejman Yousefzadeh Post author

    I was afraid of that.

    Scarlet Pimpernel: The evidence suggests that he is a believer in surreal politik. · December 11, 2012 at 7:59am
    • #8
    • December 13, 2012 at 10:57 am