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Rove: Obama Is Riding Bush's Foreign Policy Coattails

President Obama is just riding on President Bush’s foreign policy coattails.

At least, that’s how former Bush strategist Karl Rove put it on the Fox News show Fox and Friends Tuesday.


“Where President Obama has embraced the Bush world view, things have gone well. Where President Obama has not embraced the Bush world view, it has not gone as well,” Rove said.

Obama’s “biggest accomplishments, the stimulus bill and the Affordable Care Act, are widely unpopular,” Rove said. But “his pursuit of the Bush foreign policy, for example, staying on the offense against the terrorists and targeting terrorist leaders are popular. So the president has been given a boost, if you will, by adopting Bush foreign policies.”

Rove pointed to an essay by Peter Feaver in Foreign Policy’s web site, agreeing with Feaver’s belief that “the bigger change from the Bush policy, the bigger the failure.” Choosing to negotiate with Iran is one Obama-driven policy that “hasn’t worked out too well,” Rove said.


Rove also criticized Obama’s “execution” of foreign policy initiatives. The administration could not extend its military commitment in Iraq—as military advisers had wanted—because the president “was personally uninvolved,” Rove said.

“I was shocked when the newspapers ran a report showing President Obama had not spoken to Prime Minister al-Maliki between February and October. I can't imagine President Bush going that long without talking to the leader of Iraq or the leader of Afghanistan,” Rove said.

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