Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

US Republicans criticise Obama’s foreign policy

Republican presidential candidates have slammed Obama’s foreign policy moves on Iraq and Libya, as they gave an indication on what grounds next November’s elections will be contested.

Herman Cain and Rick Perry criticised the pull-out of US troops from Iraq, although the deadline was first set by George Bush.

"For the president to announce that we are going to do a drawdown on the troops by a date certain, that just leaves a power vacuum in Iraq," Cain said on "Face the Nation" on CBS.

"It was irresponsible for George Bush to set a date certain," Cain added.

"The idea that a commander in chief would stand up and signal to the enemy a date certain of which we're going to pull our troops out I think is irresponsible," Perry said on "Fox News Sunday."

"We need to finish our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. You better believe I want our kids home as soon as we can and safe. But to give that signal that we're going to pull them out is really bad public policy."

Michelle Bachmann, one of the early frontrunners for the Republican nomination, slammed US involvement in Libya.

"Now we have a mess in Libya. We don't know who the ruling party will be going into Libya," Bachmann said on ABC's "This Week."

"There's tremendous uncertainty and chaos. And of course, when there's uncertainty and chaos in a nation, that's when you see trouble and potentially extremist elements that could come into power."

Barack Obama is facing increased pressure at home over unemployment and health reforms.

Even though Obama’s foreign policy has seen many success stories for the US, including the killing of Osama Bin Laden, if he does not solve the domestic issues, it may cost him the presidency come next November.

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.