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Over the weekend GOP candidates converged in South Carolina for another round of debates. This time the top contenders of the Grand Old Party, took a less controversial approach and discussed their views on foreign affairs. A new day but a not so new approach, with the typical amount of shade thrown towards their satisfaction with Obama’s current action.
Attempting to redeem himself from his stutter blooper earlier in the week, Texas Governor Rick Perry spear-headed the conversation with the ZERO Approach, in which he offered his strategy towards foreign affairs was reducing the amount of foreign aide the U.S. provides to other nations to zero dollars, as the first step towards restoring our country. Mitt Romney weighed in with comments stating “If President Obama is re-elected Iran will have a nuclear weapon but that if Romney is elected Iran will not have a nuclear weapon.” (A seemingly fluffy promise that lacked any indication of exactly how this would happen)
President Obama is responding to the growing concern with a Foreign Relations Tour this week featuring meetings that address some of the major issues. He met with leaders from 20 nations globally in his homestate of Hawaii to discuss the bigger picture for America.
President Obama’s meetings with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum is apart of a plan to stregthen the economic trade relationships between countries in this region in order to recharge and sustain the global economy. Obama stated that “In order to put folks back to work”, the expansion of foreign business ties would be vital.
In an effort to address the looming nuclear threat posed by Iran, he met specificially with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in hopes of forming a new agreement between the U.S. and Russia that would curb any nuclear action in Iran that potentially pose a threat. Iran Officials have released public statements insisting that they are in the peaceful pursuit of energy research. Whether we believe them or not is the question but our President is working to ensure that we join forces with other nations of common interest to prove that “they don’t want no problems.”
The tour promoting the Asian-Pacific Region will continue this week with stops in Indonesia and Australia, hoping to sell the idea of working together to become the place where the action goes down.
What are your thoughts is Obama’s focus on international relations the right move for America to restore itself to the number one spot? Spill the beans below…