Obama’s foreign policy proposals

I support Barack Obama but not simply because it’s the “in” thing. As a non-American whose country is greatly affected by US foreign policy, my main reason for rooting for him is because I believe he presents much better foreign policy proposals than John McCain. I particularly like his focus on diplomacy first. This is not going soft on America’s enemies. This is fighting smart. Extending America’s “soft power” would do much more to overcome terrorists and other enemies of the US than military power ever could.

The Obama campaign has done a good compilation of all his speeches where he outlined his foreign policy visions. Take a look.


Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

6 thoughts on “Obama’s foreign policy proposals”

  1. Hey,
    I’m not an expert, but when I first saw this sentence, I laughed my head off.

    “I don’t support Barack Obama simply because it’s the “in” thing.”

    You don’t support Barack Obama, and the reason for it is that it’s the “in” thing?

  2. No americans care who I support as I cannot vote. Anyone of us can like and admire them .

    Just because one likes what a person says has no basis in reality as they are politicians.

  3. Lin Qi – I could have phrased it better. What I meant was “I support Barack Obama but not simply because it’s the “in” thing.”

    No way – I would argue that US foreign policy affects us more than any other country’s FP. To a great extent, their FP drives their economic policy. For example, they would not have signed an FTA with S’pore if they weren’t on good terms with us.

    :) – Of course you and I can’t vote for the US president. But it doesn’t mean we should care less about who the next US president is, than who the next American Idol is. (I suspect most Singaporean youngsters care more about the latter.)

  4. Economic policies are a subset of FP.

    Yes, FP of US must affect Canada(world largest FT partner and a very good Friend) greatly. And if you are not a friend like Burma, Cuba, Palestine(muslims), Iran, N.Korea etc., they are not affected at all becuse they don’t faces sanctions.

    Canada just elected minority Govt, 3rd time around in 8 years.Majority of elegible voter(40% or 60%)didn’t even vote.

    Sorry, my nephew and niece have no time for entertainment and hip hop culture, they are too busy studying to produce very intelligent being. Fortunately they are Singaporean whose heritage is differnt from typical Singapore. I rather they and all singaporean children focus on their rights in Singapore. This doesn’t mean they ignore what is going on around the world.

    By the way, US presidents usually don’t make stock market jump up and down like Alan Greenspan did.

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