The Politics of Hope

The Politics of Hope - The Politics of Hope In foreign...

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Unformatted text preview: The Politics of Hope In foreign policy, Obama sought to reach out to the non-Western world, and especially to Muslims who might interpret the American military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a general war on Islam. America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition, he told an audience at Cairo University. In Tokyo, he reassured Asians that America would remain engaged with the worlds fastest-growing region. While hoping to distinguish itself in tone from the Bush administration, the Obama government found itself following the broad outlines of Bushs War on Terror. It affirmed the existing agreement to withdraw American troops from Iraq in 2011 and reluctantly accepted military plans for a surge in Afghanistan. In his Nobel acceptance speech, President Obama quoted the celebrated American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr to the effect that...
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