Brian Lee Crowley

Mr Obama, you’re no Jack Kennedy

Barack Obama is often compared to assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, including by Kennedy’s late brother Teddy when he endorsed Obama for the Democratic nomination 6 years ago. But judged by his foreign policy at least, Obama is no Jack Kennedy. In his inaugural address, Kennedy famously declaimed:

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Stirring stuff. Especially when compared to Obama’s foreign policy, which can be summarised as “Comfort your enemies and afflict your friends”. Find out why in my latest column for the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers.

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What Taiwan can teach us about managing China

Thanks to the Taiwan government’s generosity, I have just returned from a visit to the island as part of a Canadian delegation made up of think tankers and academics. The Taiwanese have built a society that is in many way exemplary and done so in the face of Chinese hostility and intimidation. Yet they have now developed an extremely close relationship across the Straits, a topic that is causing a lot of anxiety on the island. How close is close enough? How close is too close? For my thoughts on these questions, have a look at my latest column in the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers.

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Brian Lee Crowley
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