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28 Aug, 2008 12:12

What change does Obama offer in reality?

One of Barack Obama's key messages during the presidential campaign is the need for change. And many Americans share the judgment. However, it seems this need is not reflected in the U.S. presidential hopeful's approach

While almost every person living in America would admit that a number of domestic problems need to be dealt with as soon as possible, many also have serious concerns when it comes to the foreign policy of the United States. And with one more day to go before Democrats wrap up their Convention, a man with decades of foreign policy experience – the one Barack Obama has chosen as his Vice President – had a chance to woe the American public.

The bar for him was very high, and Biden needed to play big.

“For the last seven years, the administration has failed to face the biggest forces shaping this century: the emergence of Russia, China and India as great powers,” said Biden.

Calling Bush’s foreign policies a ‘catastrophe’, Biden was quick to echo the Bush administration’s criticism of Russia.

“We will hold Russia accountable for its actions!” Biden pledged. 

But this rhetoric seems to be blowing far from the winds of change that the Democrats have been calling for.

Meanwhile ordinary people believe America needs to reconsider its foreign policy.

“The U.S. foreign policy today is too imperialistic,” says one. Another says America interferes too much in the business of other countries.

“I definitely think we need to change some of our foreign policies,” says one woman on the streets.

And there are even those who say the US current stance on the situation in Caucasus is not more than a sign of weakness.

“The US is probably afraid,” a man on the street says.