Obama's Foreign Policy: 'Don't Do Stupid Sh*t'
Uncouth doctrine intended to avoid wars
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2014 9:39 AM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 30, 2014.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Obama has formulated his foreign policy doctrine down to one pithy, and for most newspapers unprintable, phrase: "Don't do stupid shit." White House aides have been dropping that bon mot in conversations with journalists over the past month or so, Politico observes, detailing a half-dozen news articles in which it's appeared—though usually in the more sanitized form, "Don't do stupid stuff."

In the past four days alone, it's thrice appeared in the New York Times. Here's the relevant quote, for example, from an article in yesterday's Times:

  • "In his second term, a time that presidents typically set about cementing their legacies as statesmen, Mr. Obama has instead settled on a minimalist foreign policy—one that he laid out at West Point and sums up with a saltier version of the phrase, 'don’t do stupid stuff.'"
As an earlier LA Times piece explained, Obama wants to avoid both a catch-all foreign policy prescription, as well as military quagmires like Iraq, which he once called a "dumb war." That philosophy was the guiding light, apparently, behind last week's major foreign policy speech.

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NorCalHal
Jun 3, 2014 1:33 PM CDT
Off the topic here - but I had a thought a few days ago. I am sure Obama is already designing and planning his presidential library. If it is built, they should consider building it in downtown Detroit. I'm serious and not being facetious or disrespectfull. Presidential libraries are usually built in one's birth or adopted state but in the case of Hawaii it would be both expensive to build due to land cost and visited less due to its distance from the mainland. He could go for Illinois but selecting Detroit would yield SEVERAL significant positive benefits. Land is available and inexpensive. The influx of money both during the construction and subsequent visitors would be an economic boom for the area. The library and it's support staff / employees would bring badly needed jobs to the area and improve the neighborhood conditions. It is somewhat centrally located in the continential United States - sure better than Hawaii and the area has available transportation options.
PrimoGusto
Jun 3, 2014 11:54 AM CDT
Well if his goal is not to do stupid stuff, he's failing miserably.
Chuck Roast
Jun 3, 2014 9:06 AM CDT
The border line ghetto type phrase fits the current "administration".....why should I respect those Losers in DC. America needs a leader elected in 2016.