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  •  "National Security Experience" (4+ / 0-)
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    smintheus, shirah, Nimbus, Spruced Alien

    That's an interesting phrase.  Why not "foreign policy experience"?  Is it another Republican fetishizing of military action as a proxy for international diplomacy?  Perhaps?  

    Barack Obama does not have the fattest résumé when it comes to national security experience.  Fine.  But he's smart and he'll probably appoint good people.  And like almost any American - like me, like most of you I'm sure - he will not hesitate to act in the event that there is a genuine threat to America's national security interests.  

    But he'll also expand the American foreign policy repertoire from "blow shit up" to include novel concepts like "talking to people" and "cultivating allies" and "peaceful arm-twisting".  "Blow shit up" still has a place and a time, but, much like eating ice cream, cake, or beef jerky, a man (or woman) cannot live by blowing shit up alone.  Obama has FAR more of the key qualities in a foreign policy leader than McCain does: intelligence, subtlety, multidimensional thinking, ability to explain complex thoughts in simple terms, and his own damn personal experience.

    I'm a big fan of national security.  Big fan.  But it's only one arrow in the quiver, as it were.

    •  A scarecrow, even (0+ / 0-)

      But he'll also expand the American foreign policy repertoire from "blow shit up" to include novel concepts like "talking to people" and "cultivating allies" and "peaceful arm-twisting".

      Since not even President Bush has advocated "blow shit up" as his sole means of conducting foreign policy (see "China policy" under the dictionary), this is a strawman.

    •  That's what I'm afraid of (0+ / 0-)

      Barack Obama does not have the fattest résumé when it comes to national security experience.  Fine.  But he's smart and he'll probably appoint good people.

      People like Samantha Power, who wants to intervene wherever she thinks genocide is occuring -- as it arguably did in Saddam's Iraq?

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