Class Notes (808,092)
Canada (493,058)
POLS 368 (22)

Obama Administration

3 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Saskatchewan
Political Studies
POLS 368
Martin Gaal

Obama Administration March-26-13 11:39 AM Obama administration - One of the first things Obama did was attempt to repair the damage of the U.S. reputation around the world. ○ He travelled and gave speeches to places like Cairo and the UN without discrediting the things that the previous Bush administration had done.  He made it clear that he intended to do things differently, and his speeches were very well-received. ○ Obama, in his speeches, said that the U.S. should return to multilateralism: working with NATO and other countries within the United Nations. - When he spoke to the UN, Obama said he took office at a time when the U.S. was facing criticism based on misinterpretations and deception. ○ It became clear to some that this would be a speech that George W. Bush or Dick Cheney would never give? - Hillary Clinton described Obama's foreign policy as a "realist policy." - Scholars described Obama's foreign policy as "realist," but meant that he could muddle his way through issues and that he was adaptable. - Another promise he made was: respect for international law. ○ Something that had been missing in American foreign policy.  Bush made it clear that if international law stood in the way of American policy he thought was necessary for the security of Americans, he'd proceed whether or not it was in violation of international law. - In his inaugural speech, he said America would defend himself, but be respectful of sovereign nations and the rule of law of other countries. ○ His first action was to seek Congressional approval of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  Almost the entire world, with the exception of the U.S., had signed up for the treaty. ○ He also applied for U.S. membership in the Human Rights Council. - Under Bush, if any government-funded organization wasn't viewed in a good light by Bush, the funding would be removed. - The UN just wasn't important to the Bush administration. ○ This annoys U.S. presidents: third-world countries often condemn the United States when it shows up at the UN.  Bush would not be the first U.S. president to feel this way. ○ Obama, in an early speech, however, said: "We have re-engaged the United Nations." - Torture since Obama? ○ A number of people have claimed to have been tortured following the inauguration of Obama.  It's hard to evaluate such claims. ○ We do know that Obama ordered the army and CIA to do certain things, while respecting the Geneva Convention. - Guantanamo Bay ○ Promised to close the place down.  Said it was wrong to have people be in prison for long periods of time without being charged. without being charged. ○ One of the strongest opponents on the Guantanamo Bay issue with Obama was Dick Cheney.  Criticized Obama for wanting to move the prisoners to the continental U.S. ○ One of the problems: what to do with inmates?  Obama thought about returning people to their home countries, such as Yemen
More Less

Related notes for POLS 368

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.