Obama and Biden hope to secure and maintain a strong Israel-U.S. relationship, and believe they should be committed to helping with the security inside Israel, the strongest ally to the U.S. in the Middle East. Obama also believes on continuing to support foreign assistance to Israel in its fight against Hezbollah, and to support its rights to self defence. Russia is resurging, and the invasion of Georgia could be one of the first of many security challenges, says Obama.Obama believes the Bush administration’s policy was completely wrong, and that America should tackle Russia as a whole, and to use the help of the U.S’s allies in Europe and Asia.
Obama has a record of support in Africa, and according to barackobama.com, this includes:
- Stopping the genocide in Darfur,
- Passing legislation to promote stability in the Congo
- Passing legislation to bring a war criminal to justice in Liberia,
- Mobilizing international pressure for a just government in Zimbabwe,
- Fighting corruption in Kenya,
- Demanding honesty on HIV/AIDS in South Africa,
- Developing a coherent strategy for stabilizing Somalia,
- And travelling across the continent raising awareness for these critical issues.
Obama believes in ending the war in Darfur as soon as possible, and should be top priority out of the issues facing Africa. He will pressure the Sudanese into accepting a new plan to send in international help, and to prevent anymore tribal killings. By the end of his first term in office, Obama will double the U.S’s annual investment in foreign assistance to $50 billion, and to make the Millennium Development goals, which aim to half extreme poverty by 2015. Heavily Indebted countries will also be boosted by debt cancellation from the U.S, and will invest at least $50 billion in fighting HIV/AIDS.
Bush’s policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean practically allowed the U.S.’s neighbours to become anti-USA.Obama hopes to renew the diplomatic relations between the countries in and around the Americas. Cuba in the last 50 years have never been the best of friends with the U.S. However, Obama hopes to renew the relationship between the countries by “Using aggressive and principled bilateral diplomacy”. Obama will also send a message to Cuba: “If a post-Fidel government takes significant steps toward democracy, beginning with freeing all political prisoners, the U.S. is prepared to take steps to normalize relations and ease the embargo that hasgoverned relations between the two countries for the last five decades”. Obama also hopes to pull the countries together and sign an Energy partnership that will secure the future of the countries energy resources. There are five things that Obama wants to do more than the rest as President. These are:
- Make the critical investments needed to fight global poverty.
- Expand prosperity by increasing the capacity of developing countries to generate wealth.
- Support the building of effective, accountable, and democratic institutions and civil societies that meet the needs of their people.
- Build the capacity of weak states to confront the common, transnational challenges we face including: terrorism, conflict, climate change, proliferation and epidemic disease.
- Structure the U.S. government to meet critical 21st-century security challenges.
"I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything in my power... everything… I will always keep the threat of military action on the table."
Impact on Economy
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is mostly proposals made by Obama during his speech in January 09. The Act is going to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the economic crisis. A full copy of the Act can be seen by clicking here.
But not all people are happy with Obama’s “spend to save” policy. “It's ridiculous. It won't work. It won't stimulate,” said John Seater, an economics professor at North Carolina State University. “Any kind of spending will stimulate the sector of the economy where the money is spent, but I don't know that these industries are depressed. ... You can't just move somebody over from housing construction to climate research.”
Impact on the Environment
"Without a doubt, this addiction is one of the most dangerous and urgent threats this nation has ever faced," Obama said. "We know that we can't sustain a future powered by a fuel that's rapidly disappearing, not when we purchase $700 million worth of oil every single day from some of the world's most unstable and hostile nations, Middle Eastern regimes that will control nearly all of the world's oil by 2030...We know that we can't sustain this kind of future." This is part of a speech that Obama made in 2008 after oil prices had shot up.
Obama plans to remove all imports from the Middle East and Venezuela by 2019. This means that 3.7 million barrels that are imported everyday from those areas will have to be equalled by American production or by reducing the oil consumption of America. The plan would also include plans to put a million phev cars on the road by 2015.
"For the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, we must end the age of oil in our time."