Obama’s Reelection and the Silent Left


President Barack Obama’s reelection is being heralded by many as a victory for progressive values and as a rejection of the conservative vision for America. While there may have been stark differences between Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney on domestic policy, the differences between the two’s foreign policy was narrow.

It is true that Romney’s foreign policy advisors were many of the same neoconservatives from President George W. Bush’s Administration, who lead America into an illegal war, approved of warrantless surveillance of American citizens, and sanctioned torture of suspected terrorists without due process. However, the Obama Administration has adopted many of the same foreign policies of the Bush Administration, and in some cases expanded them.

It has been unfortunate that so many on the left have been unwilling to criticize Obama for his record on foreign policy and civil liberties. From the President’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes a provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens, to the use of drones to conducted targeted killing including the assassination of American citizens. Now that the politics of campaign season are over, will the left hold the President to account the same way they would a Republican President?

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