Obama: All Apologies - No Plan
In an interview on Monday with the BBC, President Obama discussed his view on foreign policy. Obama, who is currently touring the Middle East, explains, "The United States should not impose its values on other countries, but those same countries should embrace 'universal' values like democracy and freedom of speech." But, just how does Obama expect countries like Iran and groups like Hezbollah to simply rid themselves of terrorist elements and "embrace" American values?
Obama told BBC, "I think the thing that we can do most importantly is serve as a good role model and that's why closing Guantanamo, from my perspective, as difficult as it is, is important."
Republicans have criticized him for appearing to apologize for America's policies and behavior while overseas. Potential 2012 Republican presidential contender, Mitt Romney, also admonished the president for his "tour of apology."
Many are also reluctant to Obama's plan of closing camp at Guantanamo by the start of 2010. In a recent poll, "sixty-five percent of Americans polled said they do not support closing Guantanamo and sending its detainees to U.S. prisons." Since other countries are hesistant to take in prisoners and Americans are opposed to transferring them to US soil, what exactly does Obama expect to do with these prisoners?