How the 'Obama doctrine' compares with predecessors - CNN.com
Interesting comparison. I wish we could have a new less involved doctrine. I feel badly for the Libyan people being used by al Quaida to take down Mubarak. I'm sure they'll be worse off without his Western influence in such areas as women's rights, we're already seeing it. It seems nothing we do in the area actually helps the people and the best we can do is support stability of regime.
The doctrines as laid out by CNN:
Barack Obama (2009-present)
The gist: The U.S. can intervene in conflicts overseas "when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and values are," he said. Case in point: The potential slaughter of Libyans rebelling against Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
George W. Bush (2001-2009)
"Over time it's going to be important for nations to know they will be held accountable for inactivity. You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror," President Bush said shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
"Kosovo, a Serbian province, is not an easy problem, but if we don't stop the conflict now, it clearly will spread and then we will not be able to stop it except at far greater cost and risk," Clinton said.George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)
"The security and stability of the Persian Gulf must be assured," he said during a speech to Congress that year. "And American citizens abroad must be protected. ... Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective -- a new world order -- can emerge: a new era -- freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace."Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
"We must stand by all our democratic allies. And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives -- on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua -- to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth," President Reagan said in his 1985 State of the Union address.
The doctrine, which spanned his two terms in office, also aimed to spread capitalism to the socialist nations.