I think it’s safe to guess that there aren’t many Liberal Democrats who are fans of George W Bush’s foreign policy, whether it is on Iraq, international action on climate change or a host of lower-profile issues. However, would a victory by either Clinton or Obama bring about a US foreign policy that Liberal Democrats would be more comfortable with?
Saturday night’s New Hampshire debate saw both of the leading Democrat candidates espouse foreign policy views likely to be highly controversial.
Barack Obama repeated his support (previously criticised by Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone) for unilateral military action against parts of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton said of Pakistan, “If you remove Musharraf and have elections, that’s going to be very difficult for the United States to be able to control what comes next”. That reads like a case of ‘democracy? only if the US can control the outcome, thank you very much.’ Not perhaps the most liberal or democratic of criteria to use.