President Barack Obama has laid out the Obama Doctrine on foreign policy in his strategy for combating the Islamic State (ISIS), former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Since the days of former President Harry Truman, Dean explained Obama was responding to a "bipolar world" that needed a "completely different" approach to foreign policy among "multipowers."
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"We make coalitions with people. We do not go in unilaterally. We avoid boots on the ground," Dean said Monday. "What Obama is doing here is very important. No boots on the ground. And, we'll supply air power. But, if there's not the will on the ground to fight for the people we're fighting for, then we don't go in."
Obama has continued to stress he would not commit the use of U.S. ground troops in the campaign to combat ISIS. Dean maintained that it was possible to have a strategy that did not include U.S. forces playing a combat role in Iraq and be able to "hold ISIS at bay through air power alone for a long time."
"We have failed in multiple endeavors, starting with Vietnam, because we backed regimes that did not have the support of their own people. You cannot win under those circumstances. So, yes, you can make that promise," he said.
Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol said Obama's policy to withdraw forces from Iraq and Libya had been a "catastrophe" and helped to foster the current rise of terrorist organizations.
"I supported the president's decision to go in (Libya). I didn't assume that he would then just pull out and neglect the place, and have no follow on. The place is now a terrorist playground," Kristol told "Morning Joe" on Monday.
Dean, who was also former Democratic governor of Vermont and 2004 presidential candidate, said that it was actually former President George W. Bush who negotiated the troop withdrawal from Iraq. Kristol countered that "everyone expected the next president to renegotiate it," and that failure to do so had resulted in a vacuum the terrorists had filled.
"President Obama chose not to (renegotiate). Look at Iraq now. Look at Libya now. That's the price you pay for not having any American presence," Kristol said.
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