Barack Obama recently announced that he would be campaigning for Joe Biden and launched his first attacks on Preisdent Trump over the COVID pandemic and foreign policy.
On the Pod Save America podcast, Obama said that while he was not a perfect president, "… when we had a pandemic, or at risk of a pandemic, we had knowledgeable people to handle it."
Obama also accused President Donald Trump of having the "patience" and "focus" to reshape American foreign policy.
Both attacks could be a preview of how the former President plans to haunt Trump as he goes on a campaign with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Obama: Trump lacks the "patience" and "focus" required to implement foreign policy. Https://t.co/wvj4Ik3D46 pic.twitter.com/NniTFdu7gC
– The Hill (@thehill) October 15, 2020
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The Obama Record vs. The Trump Foreign Policy Record
"I mean, the truth is, he doesn't have the patience and focus to really make significant changes to much of US foreign policy," Obama said.
He added that Trump "systematically tried to decimate our entire foreign policy infrastructure".
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Obama argued that Joe Biden "has a respect and understanding of what the American leadership can do better" than the current White House resident.
What Obama said next is particularly interesting.
Obama said Biden "was probably the most reluctant person about the use of military force among my senior advisors during my presidency."
LOL. Neocons and Bush / Cheney activists will be about 1,000 times more influential in a Biden government than leftists and progressives.
– Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 9, 2020
"He firmly believed that we should show restraint and humility in considering the use of military power and had great faith and faith in the use of diplomacy as a strategy to demonstrate American leadership," added Obama.
Obama's worst regret was the US bombing of Libya
Obama might be right about Biden's alleged reluctance compared to his other senior advisors.
But the comparison of who has exercised more restraint and more diplomacy is telling.
When the Obama administration decided to bomb Libya in 2011, an observer said it had "destroyed" the country for a "generation".
We came, we saw, he died. “Hillary Clinton on the murder of Gaddafi, which took place this week 8 years ago after a“ NATO intervention ”in Libya (Obama got a foothold in Libya), of which Obama called the“ worst mistake ”of his presidency.
– Khanoisseur @ ♂️🌎 (@Khanoisseur) October 21, 2019
We know that the Obama advisor, and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, played a major role in this debacle.
US Conservative's Doug Bandow wrote: "Libya's ongoing destruction belongs to Hillary Clinton more than anyone. It was she who urged President Barack Obama to start his great little war and overthrow Moammar Gaddafi in the name of protecting Libyan civilians supported. "
"When she was later asked about Gaddafi's death, she cackled and exclaimed," We came, we saw he died, "noted Bandow.
We know that the vacuum created by the US intervention in Libya has allowed ISIS to gain a foothold and expand.
Obama would later describe his decision in Libya as the worst mistake of his presidency.
The invasion of Libya is still worse than anything Trump has done.
Obama seems at least half regretful and calls it the "worst mistake" of his presidency.
– Nicole Alexander Fisher (@_nalexander) May 4, 2020
Trump showed reluctance when advisers called for war in Iran
Compare this to Donald Trump, who abandons the US bombing of Iran.
When advisers to the Trump administration asked the president to bomb Iran, he set the wheels in motion and then made an important decision.
He canceled it.
He ignored advisers like John Bolton and others who called for it.
It has been reported that the decision shocked White House aides and was made to save the lives of civilians.
Bolton was outraged Trump didn't bomb Iran and even said it in his book.
Bolton said Trump's decision to end a military strike on Iran last June was the most "irrational" thing he has ever seen a president do. Trump feared the strike would be disproportionate. It was actually smart and prevented unnecessary escalation. Bolton loves war. pic.twitter.com/inpkegNedq
– John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) June 18, 2020
It was the kind of last-minute decision that only a president defying the swamp could make – the opposite of what happened with Obama and Libya.
The bombing of Iran a year ago could still have negative political aftershocks if it had been carried out, similar to what happened after the US interventions in Libya.
Trump did the right thing to call off a military strike on Iran
A strike that would have killed 150 people in response to a drone being shot down is not correct retaliation
Iran must be constantly sanctioned and held accountable
Endless war is not the answer
– Charlie Kirk (@ charliekirk11) June 21, 2019
Trump is the first president in decades not to start new wars
Furthermore, President Trump did more to get us out of the two wars – Iraq and Afghanistan – that George W. Bush started than Obama did.
And perhaps most importantly, President Trump is the first commander-in-chief not to have started new wars in decades.
It's hard to imagine another president holding the historic diplomatic talks – and meeting! – with North Korea, as President Trump did.
This is far preferable to any type of military action that would likely end horribly for both countries.
It's hard to imagine what another president would have arranged for Trump's ongoing and historic peace deals in the Middle East.
Let me be clear: THREE Middle East peace deals were not enough to award Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize, but just eleven days in office was enough to win him over to Obama?
– Charlie Kirk (@ charliekirk11) October 9, 2020
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If you really examine it, President Trump's foreign policy record actually reflects more "focus" and "patience" than his critics attribute to him.
Perhaps Barack Obama should have had more "focus" and "patience".