Republicans like the Bushes' stances on foreign policy


The war in Afghanistan started in 2001 and didn’t officially end until this past December (and “end,” in this case, is a relative term). Even with Obama at America’s helm for six years, 56 percent of Republicans think the war was worth fighting compared to just 38 percent who don’t, according to a December ABC News/Washington Post poll. Republicans often turn against anything with Obama’s name attached to it, but a majority still support the war.

Guantanamo Bay

Obama came into office wanting to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. That hasn’t happened. Critics charge that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been denied habeas corpus, and that some have been abused and tortured. Supporters of the prison have said the site is necessary for the interrogation of dangerous suspects. Republicans are clearly in the latter camp. In a Gallup poll last June, just 13 percent of Republicans said they wanted Guantanamo Bay shut down.


George never invaded Iran but did list the country as part of the “axis of evil.” Obama has tried to negotiate with Iran on nuclear proliferation, although most Republicans don’t think it will work. According to a Fox News poll in January, 76 percent of Republicans think that military force, not just diplomacy and sanctions, will be necessary to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.