After a Bush presidency that gave the United States a reputation as the world’s bully, Americans went to the polls in 2008 and elected a leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize by promising change.
As Americans head back to the polls 4 years later, has our foreign policy really changed?
Under President Obama the United States Military occupied Iraq 1062 days, extending a war that had already run too long by 50%.
When the last American troops left in December of 2011, it was just days before the deadline established by the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, an agreement hailed by President Bush.
Killing everyone we’re slightly suspicious of along with innocent bystanders is creating a new generation of resentment towards Americans.
“Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” 
As a candidate, Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. As president, he easily gave up on that promise.
When Obama signed an executive order banning the use of torture, he left lax guidelines that offer interrogators simple loopholes.
The CIA’s drone strikes, which often use a “double tap” strategy also used by terrorists, are now under investigation by the United Nations.
In fact, Obama increased our presence in Afghanistan so much that 72% of American fatalities there have come under his watch.
Obama says we will withdraw by 2014, but White House press secretary Jay Carney recently claimed that “not all U.S. troops will have withdrawn necessarily by then.”
Obama not only signed the controversial National Defense Authorization Act, but has also actively fought to keep its indefinite detention provision from being blocked. Despite claims it wouldn’t apply to American citizens, this law could easily be abused to justify holding citizens in the United States without trial.
President Obama has also extended the inappropriately named Patriot Act which contains several provisions that seriously violate protections against unreasonable search & seizure and the basic right to privacy.
President Obama has adopted a strategy of foreign intervention that circumvents congressional approval and spreads our military too thin. Our ability to defend ourselves is compromised and new enemies are made when we adopt a strategy of getting involved in the affairs of other countries.
It’s pretty bold to claim to be “the most transparent administration in the history of our country” when you have a top secret kill list that includes American citizens. The administration refuses to release their legal justification for assassinating our own citizens outside of the judicial system.
The President even claims that the decision to kill an American cleric in Yemen was “an easy one.”