Howard Dean Destroys The Media’s Narrative That Obama Does Not Have A Clear Foreign Policy

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During Thursday’s broadcast of Morning Joe, the panel, which included former Democratic Vermont Governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, discussed President Obama’s commencement speech at West Point earlier this week. In the speech, the President once again laid out the foreign policy and diplomatic goals for our nation moving forward. While the President pointed out that the world is rapidly changing and that the United States needs to look past military intervention and more towards building alliances, members of the media decided that the President’s vision wasn’t clear and concise enough. Basically, the issue appears to be that the media isn’t able to whittle down Obama’s foreign policy goals into a one or two sentence nugget.

Joe Scarborough started the segment by rattling off a bunch of criticisms from the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page. Because, you know, nothing says impartial, nonpartisan analysis like the WSJ’s opinion section. Anyway, Joe complained that the President still doesn’t have a clearly defined foreign policy strategy six years into his tenure office. Scarborough wanted to know exactly what the ‘Obama Doctrine’ is, obviously making a direct comparison to the previous White House occupant.  He then let both John Heilemann and Nicole Wallace comment about the President’s speech. Heilemann stated that people are likely suffering from “speech fatigue” with the President, while Wallace said that the President has lost his friends in the media as the Washington Post and the New York Times gave critical analyses of his speech.


At this point, a visibly flustered Dean was asked to provide his thoughts on the current administration’s strategy in dealing with the international community. After Joe admitted that the President is presiding over a period of time where there isn’t a clear cut divide between alliances, Dean pointedly remarked that the media is the one that has an issue with a more sophisticated world, not the President. Basically, the media can’t easily define foreign policy goals because they aren’t easily defined. Globally, things are just more intertwined and complicated. Sadly, the news media isn’t able to refer to a rigid, bullet-point plan and say that this is the administration’s exact strategy.

In a short statement, Howard Dean nailed the issue with the corporate media and this President. It appears that POTUS is just too intelligent and complex for them. Journalists and pundits would much rather have a simpler, less complicated person to discuss and report on. They’d rather have policy decisions that are black and white. Anything that isn’t specifically spelled out doesn’t fit well when you have to get an article up quickly or fill five minutes on a news show. Nobody has time for complexity or intricacy. The fact that numerous members of the media are using the term ‘Obama Doctrine’ and define it should tell you everything you need to know. It is all about total clarity and simplicity.  They can’t deal with anything else, which is why they can’t deal with this President.


30 Replies to “Howard Dean Destroys The Media’s Narrative That Obama Does Not Have A Clear Foreign Policy”

  1. It was much easier when Bush was president. With him it was just to do what he was told by Cheney and bomb anything that moved. The Bush doctrine in a nut shell.

    I don’t think it is that the MSM doesn’t understand Obama, or his logic. It is more a matter of criticizing everything he says or does. He could literally part the seas while singing the national anthem and they would complain he didn’t do it right.

    My question is simple. Where were all these critics when we had Laurel and Hardy in the white house for 8 LONG years before Obama?

  2. Whatever happened to the fine young conservatives of 2003 who always reminded us that, “The world is a scary place and some things SHOULD be secret. That’s why we elect people to Congress. They make these decisions for us and we don’t have to worry about information getting into the wrong hands.”

    Oh, that’s right. They morphed into Teabaggers with conspiracy theories in January 2009.

  3. I remember years ago during Bush v Gore election debacle. Gwen Eifell mentioned that it would be too boring if Gore actually won. I’ll never forget that statement have never looked at her in the same way again. Yes, newspeople just want sensationalism. Bush was sensational — killed hundreds of thousands of people as he went.

  4. Plain and simple the rest of the world understands his policy; the American press want a Forest Gump type “life is just a box of chocolates” type foreign policy simply explained for the simple minded.

  5. Most media don’t care about how to build a clock, they just want you to tell them what time it is NOW because that’s all they understand…

  6. All you need to rebut Joe Scab-boo-hoo are the facts. And as usual Nicole Wallace showed her un-abashed hatred of Obama. Joe is just ate up with envy for Obama and completely frustrated that Obama and his Administration have NO real scandals to hold against them. The only “scandals” are trumped up accusations about common practice and events occur that we have no control over.

  7. his doctrine is peace make friends not enemies talk first not shoot first look before you leap fix us here at home and that we can not be world police we can not become a dictator of the world the world has the right to choose their own way not force them to our ways if they ask for help look to see if we should then weigh it then act and he never once said he was perfect that was Gop pointing that finger and some times a bluff can be called and you must reassess and react

  8. Of course it would be different if McCain were president, we would just bomb everyone, I think he is up to about 10 countries that he wants us to bomb. Mitt Romney never even tried to fake any interest in foreign policy.

    Also it looks like they will bully Shinseki into leaving his job, so could we all please
    suggest that all of those who voted against funding the VA also resign?

  9. The Republicans need to call the “Team America World Police Force” for their foreign policy needs.

  10. The President is trying to explain something to people who are puppets to the right wing media. If you are not bombing everything moving then they cannot comprehend. These people are simple minded and should be at home in a rocking chair being spoon fed.

  11. You left out Joe’s “girlfriend” Nicolle Whats-Her-Name. She has a finger nails on a chalkboard voice with no substance. Also whines a lot.

  12. H.Dean was the only one that got it. but Mr.Dean is also a smart man.and it’s Obama’s fault for being so smart, and making people like Joe S. look dumber then normal.

  13. Nicole Wallace is 50 % responsible for the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP…then wrote a fictional book about the SAME type of choice as POTUS and how they murder her to “save the country”. Say no more.

    Morning Joke is a disgraced Florida congressman, forced to resign his seat because of his ~first~ extramarital affair. His mistress/aide was found dead in his office so Jeb Bush came to the rescue to cover up the murder. Jeb had ordered a coroner that had lost his license in other states, and was on suspension in Florida at the time, do the autopsy. He declared she fell hit her head on the desk, and died…with TWO traumas in her skull. This same coroner was caught with a variety of body parts in a storage locker a couple of years later.

  14. “Dr. Michael Berkland, former medical examiner, arrested for storing human body parts in Fla. storage unit.
    Berkland worked at the District 1 Medical Examiner’s Office in Pensacola from 1997. He was fired in 2003 for not completing autopsy reports. Berkland’s license to serve as a medical examiner in Florida was also withdrawn.

    Before arriving Florida, Berkland was fired as a contract medical examiner in 1996 in Jackson County, Missouri, in a dispute over his caseload and autopsy reports. His doctor’s license was ultimately revoked there.

    The Penasacola’s medical examiner’s office said the organs found in the storage unit appear to have come from private autopsies Berkland performed between 1997 and 2007 at funeral homes in the Florida Panhandle and in Tallahassee.”

    Jeb Bush had this lunatic perform Joe’s mistresses autopsy in 2001!!

  15. The President is being the Man with our military in mind. He has seen what this war has done to these young men and women and the families.What the hell is so wrong with this?He is a smart man and this country was not ready for a man who has the smarts he has.

  16. “People with Oil money forming Terrorist groups”….Ah, so he did acknowledge the Bush cabinet….

  17. Our President has more diplomacy in his little finger then all the Republican politicians put together. The last thing we need is another needless war for our country which he certainly considers first in his decisions.

  18. Gotta love that Howard Dean……hit the needles eye, like it was just so obvious. You just know those rightwing, whatever they are, were seething. lol

  19. Obama is not smart, he is DEVIL sent. He is only fulfilling the end time prophesy that the Bible tells us about.

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