Foyle: Tougher Obama Rhetoric All About Campaign

President Obama has been talking a lot tougher about Iran lately but don’t expect any substantial action, says Douglas Foyle in a recent Christian Science Monitor article. Foyle, the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government, said this is typical of politicians who have moved into campaign mode, selecting topics that can’t hurt the candidate and pushing them harder. “Can’t hurt” usually translates into very little action, Foyle says, but in Obama’s case this doesn’t dilute his message as he has several foreign policy successes.