In a typical presidential election year the foreign policy success of the candidates and the incumbent would be scrutinized and used as political fodder. If Republicans are lucky this won’t be a typical year.
The two men currently at the top of the list to be the Republican candidate both accepted multiple deferments for the Vietnam War, and have little to no experience in foreign policy matters, with Newt Gingrich even admitting “I don’t do foreign policy.”
President Obama, on the other hand, has an impressive list of foreign policy successes that includes the deaths of Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Muammar Gaddafi and the end of the Iraq War.
Additionally since 2007 the world’s opinion of U.S. leaders went from being second worst among the major countries to first.
When presented with this information. the cries from the right start and they suggest Obama is only popular because he apologizes too much. If this claim were even true, this is the same group that loves themselves some Tim Tebow and defends his poor play because he gets results. Well, if results are the only measuring stick then Obama is a winner in foreign policy.
In the end, if you are easily persuaded by the fear mongering about national security, like the concerns over the future of North Korea after the death of Kim Jong Il, and having a president who is strong on foreign affairs is your number one priority, then Barrack Obama is your man in 2012.