Election 2008


Abroad, Candidates’ Foreign Policy Draws Scrutiny

March 02, 2008 12:05 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The world is assessing the Democratic contenders. NAFTA is the big subject in Canada; in the Middle East there is skepticism about Obama.

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 “Tempestuous” was the verdict from French network France 24, whose reporters covered Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Ohio.

France is not the only foreign nation to get excited about the White House race. British papers The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph have suggested that their country’s political system would be invigorated by adopting the competitive zeal of the U.S. primaries.

But, of course, it is the candidates’ foreign policy positions that attract the most attention outside of America.

NAFTA is of great interest to Canadians, who question both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s commitment to free trade, as detailed by CBC.

As to the Middle East, Hussain Abdul-Hussain writes in the Lebanese paper The Daily Star that his fellow Arabs are naïve to think that Barack Obama would be good news for them as U.S. president. Hassain argues that the senator’s knowledge of the Middle East reflects a “lack of experience in a region where even experts often fail to anticipate what comes next.”

Some would find it ironic that The Jerusalem Post feels the same way: “Support for Israel is much more comfortably measured by those who care most about it by a record of consistency built over decades.”

Opinion: International perspectives

France 24
Admiring the primary system
Unimpressed by the primaries

Analysis: Foreign policy under the magnifying glass

Obama’s Middle East policy
The Democratic candidates

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