The Diplomat: How Obama’s India Policy Has Made America Stronger
Truman Fellow Manik Suri writes a piece for the Diplomat on India:
As the 2012 presidential election draws near, it is clear that American voters will face a stark choice on issues ranging from a woman’s right to choose to the future of America’s social safety net. Differences over foreign policy, in particular, have recently taken on renewed significance. In his speech at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama outlined his administration’s impressive foreign policy record, while pointedly calling out Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan as “new” to the field. His critique resonated powerfully with ordinary Americans, who are more confident about President Obama’s ability to handle international crises than his inexperienced challengers.
Realizing that their woeful lack of foreign policy credentials could prove a real Achilles’ heel, Romney and Ryan have politicized the tragic attack against American diplomats in Libya in a distasteful attempt to undermine President Obama’s global statesmanship. Such ploys are diversionary tactics and should fool no one. The Obama administration has proven its mettle time and again in a series of major foreign policy wins, including the elimination of Osama bin Laden, decimation of Al Qaeda’s leadership, withdrawal from Iraq, and winding down of the war in Afghanistan.