Daniel W. Drezner

Open domestic-international thread

Open domestic-international thread

I’m still on  vacation — did anything of note happen over the weekend? 

Oh, I see:  "probably the biggest thing to become law in 50 years."  Well, so long as no one is engaging in hyperbole.

I have nothing to say about the content of the health care bill, but I do wonder whether there will be any positive or negative foreign policy externalities.  FP’s Joshua Keating provided one humorous example of how the passage of the bill can reframe the Obama narrative on foreign policy in a positive way. 

On the other hand, Shadow Government’s Dan Blumenthal correctly points out the ways in which Obama neglected foreign policy during the run-up to the bill’s passage.  This is not surprising — presidents turn  their fortunes around through domestic accomplishments and revived economic growth, not foreign policy achievements — but it’s a reality that Obama needs to confront going forward. 

The one thing health care passage might do for Obama is add a dollop of respect for Obama’s political acumen among other world leaders.  Obama just got the #1 Democratic policy concern written into law after a year of long, drawn-out negotiations, and that’s not nothing.  Allied leaders might be more willing to give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt when dealing with long, drawn-out international negotiations. 

What do you think?