Obama Improved Foreign Relations and US Status Abroad

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by futurecurrents, May 20, 2012.

  1. Among the other good things Obama has done is to help repair the damage Bush did with foreign relations. Bush's macho posturing and cowboy diplomacy didn't play well with the civilized world.

    He visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda

    As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g

    He did much to restore America's reputation around the world as a global leader that does the "right thing" in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr

    He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj

    Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l

    He improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe

    He pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV

    Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh

    He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK

    He worked to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY

    He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP

    Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U

    He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde

    He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF

    Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called "enhanced interrogation." He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC

    He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax

    He released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0

    On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys

    In response to the emerging "Arab Spring," he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9

    Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb

    Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS

    He authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz