On the morning of the first 2004 presidential election debate, Senior Fellow Ivo Daalder and Robert Lieber, professor of government and foreign policy at Georgetown University, discuss the differences in foreign policy outlooks and implementation by the two presidential candidates.
Daalder argues that the fundamental distinction between the two candidates is their underlying approach to foreign policy: Bush’s confidence in American power has led him to conduct a foreign policy that emphasizes the importance of being steady and moving forward, while Kerry’s conviction that one needs to work with other countries to solve problems would result in a different way of leading America. If the U.S. had tried from the beginning to make Iraq an international effort, Daalder contends, then ninety percent of the troops there would not be American, rather they would constitute a far smaller percentage as in Afghanistan and the Balkans.
Daalder and Lieber analyze additional differences between President Bush and Senator Kerry through the lens of Darfur, North Korea, and Iran.
Today’s sanctions were predictable after the Mueller indictment, which identified specific Russians involved with the troll factory...However, these individuals are small fish. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called ‘Putin’s chef’ in charge of the Internet Research Agency, was already on the U.S. sanctions list for his activities in Ukraine. The administration deserves credit for following through on their promise to impose new sanctions, but much more still needs to be done to realistically deter Russia.
It’s a good move by the administration to impose sanctions...but it’s still not enough to respond to growing Russian aggression.