Bolton Says Obama ‘Basically Doesn’t Care About’ Foreign Policy, Compares Him to Dukakis

January 31, 2011 09:16

Bolton said the Obama administration’s initial response to the uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been “confused.”

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“I think the most significant aspect of the president’s approach to foreign and national security policy is that he basically doesn’t care about it,” Bolton said in a Capitol Hill speech organized by the Defense Forum Foundation.

“Not that he doesn’t ever deal with foreign and national security policy—of course, he does, but typically only when he has to and when it can’t be avoided. And you get the sense it’s almost an interference—a nuisance—in the way of his pursuit of his domestic agenda.

Bolton gave low marks to Obama’s handling of virtually every major foreign policy concern on the United States’ radar.

“As the Russians behave in a nearly belligerent fashion, our response is to limit our offensive nuclear weapons capabilities in a way that constrains us that does not equally constrain Russia,” he said of the new START treaty that the Senate ratified in December 2010.

Bolton linked many of the problems he sees to what he thinks is Obama’s hesitance to take decisive action, instead being content to have the United States’ position “subsumed” into a larger group stance.

Obama “is a very strong believer in multilateralism—both through the United Nations, the G20, other multilateral groups that – he’s very comfortable subsuming American leadership into larger collective action” Bolton told his audience.


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