President Obama's Promises for Foreign Policy

Promise Honored Deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan (Comments)
"As president, I would deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan to reinforce our counterterrorism operations and support NATO's efforts against the Taliban." — 8/1/07, Washington

Promise Honored On Day One Order U.S. military leaders to end the war in Iraq (Comments)
On "my first day in office, I would give the military a new mission: ending this war." — 7/14/08, New York Times Op-Ed column

Promise Broken Recognize the Armenian genocide (Comments)
"Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term 'genocide' to describe Turkey's slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. … as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide. — "Barack Obama on the Importance of US-Armenia Relations"

Promise in the Works Develop an alternative to Bush's Military Commissions Act Comments)
"He will reject the Military Commissions Act, which allowed the U.S. to circumvent Geneva Conventions in the handling of detainees. He will develop a fair and thorough process based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice to distinguish between those prisoners who should be prosecuted for their crimes, those who can't be prosecuted but who can be held in a manner consistent with the laws of war, and those who should be released or transferred to their home countries." — "Barack Obama: The War We Need to Win"

Promise in the Works Withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq (Comments)
"I will begin to remove our troops from Iraq immediately. I will remove one or two brigades a month and get all of our combat troops out of Iraq within 16 months. The only troops I will keep in Iraq will perform the limited missions of protecting our diplomats and carrying out targeted strikes on Al Qaeda." — 10/2/07, Chicago

Promise in the Works Launch robust diplomatic effort with Iraq and its neighbors (Comments)
"Launch an aggressive diplomatic effort to reach a comprehensive compact on the stability of Iraq and the region. … include all of Iraq's neighbors — including Iran and Syria, as suggested by the bi-partisan The Iraq Study Group Report." — Obama Iraq plan

Will not build any permanent bases in Iraq (Comments)
"Obama will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Expand Iraq refugee services (Comments)
"He will provide at least $2 billion to expand services to Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries, and ensure that Iraqis inside their own country can find a safe haven." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Put conditions on aid to Pakistan (Comments)
"As president, I would make the hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional, and I would make our conditions clear: Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps, evicting foreign fighters, and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan." — 8/1/07, Washington

Provide more non-military aid to Afghanistan (Comments)
"We will start with an additional $1 billion in non-military assistance each year, aid that is focused on reaching ordinary Afghans." — 3/19/08, Fayetteville, N.C.

Unshakable commitment to Israel's security (Comments)
"I will bring to the White House an unshakable commitment to Israel's security." — 6/4/08, Washington

Defend Israel (Comments)
"Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel." — 6/4/08, Washington, D.C.

Work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Comments)
"He will make a sustained push — working with Israelis and Palestinians — to achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state in Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Provide $30 billion to Israel (Comments)
"As president, I will implement a memorandum of understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade, investments to Israel's security that will not be tied to any other nation." — 6/4/08, Washington, D.C.

Pursue diplomacy with Iran (Comments)
"He will lead tough diplomacy with the Iranian regime and offer Iran the choice of increased international pressure or incentives if it stops its disturbing behavior." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Expand diplomatic relations (Comments)
"I will challenge the conventional thinking that we can't conduct diplomacy with leaders we don't like."—1/13/08, Denver

"Obama will set up an America's Voice Initiative to send Americans who are fluent speakers of local languages to expand our public diplomacy." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Give "State of the World" addresses (Comments)
"I'll give an annual 'State of the World' address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy." — 10/2/07, Chicago

Boost U.S. humanitarian efforts (Comments)
"I will invest in our civilian capacity to operate alongside our troops in post-conflict zones and on humanitarian and stabilization missions." — 3/19/08, Fayetteville, N.C.

Increase aid to the Americas (Comments)
"I will substantially increase our aid to the Americas and embrace the Millennium Development Goals of halving global poverty by 2015. We'll target support to bottom-up growth through micro-financing, vocational training and small enterprise development." — 5/23/08, Miami

Reinstate special envoy for Americas (Comments)
"I will reinstate a special envoy for the Americas in my White House who will work with my full support." — 5/23/08, Miami

End restrictions on Cuban-Americans (Comments)
"I will immediately allow unlimited family travel and remittances to the island [of Cuba]." — 5/23/08, Miami

Maintain the Cuban embargo (Comments)
"I will maintain the embargo." — 5/23/08, Miami

Continue anti-drug efforts abroad (Comments)
"When I am president, we will continue the Andean Counter-Drug Program and update it to meet evolving challenges. We will fully support Colombia's fight against the FARC. We'll work with the government to end the reign of terror from right-wing paramilitaries. We will support Colombia's right to strike terrorists who seek safe haven across its borders." — 5/23/08, Miami

Open new consulates in challenging places (Comments)
"To make diplomacy a priority, Obama will stop shuttering consulates and start opening them in the tough and hopeless corners of the world, particularly in Africa. He will expand our Foreign Service and develop the capacity of our civilian aid workers to work alongside the military." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Work to cut worldwide poverty by one-half (Comments)
"Obama will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and he will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion to achieve that goal." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Push for NATO changes (Comments)
"Obama will rally NATO members to contribute troops to collective security operations, urging them to invest more in reconstruction and stabilization operations, streamlining the decision-making processes and giving NATO commanders in the field more flexibility." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Work to make China play by international rules (Comments)
"He will maintain strong ties with allies like Japan, South Korea and Australia; work to build an infrastructure with countries in East Asia that can promote stability and prosperity; and work to ensure that China plays by international rules." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Encourage investment relationships between American and Africa (Comments)
"Obama will also strengthen the African Growth and Opportunity Act to ensure that African producers can access the U.S. market and will encourage more American companies to invest on the continent." —

Help African countries access green technology and the global carbon market (Comments)
"He will launch the Global Energy and Environment Initiative to ensure African counties have access to low carbon energy technology and can profitably participate in the new global carbon market…" —

Stop the genocide in Darfur (Comments)
"As president, Obama will take immediate steps to end the genocide in Darfur by increasing pressure on the Sudanese and pressure the government to halt the killing and stop impeding the deployment of a robust international force." —

Launch Agriculture Initiative and reform the World Bank and IMF (Comments)
"Obama will expand prosperity by establishing an Add Value to Agriculture Initiative, creating a fund that will extend seed capital and technical assistance to small and medium enterprises, and reforming the World Bank and International Monetary Fund." —

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