July 27, 2007

IF HE WERE IN ANY FURTHER OVER HIS HEAD HE'D BE JOE DELANEY...:

Strike Two (Charles Krauthammer, July 27, 2007, Washington Post)

For Barack Obama, it was strike two. And this one was a right-down-the-middle question from a YouTuber in Monday night's South Carolina debate: "Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea?"

"I would," responded Obama.

His explanation dug him even deeper: "The notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration -- is ridiculous."

From the Nation's David Corn to super-blogger Mickey Kaus, a near-audible gasp. For Hillary Clinton, next in line at the debate, an unmissable opportunity. She pounced: "I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries during my first year." And she proceeded to give the reasons any graduate student could tick off: You don't want to be used for their propaganda. You need to know their intentions. Such meetings can make the situation worse.

Just to make sure no one missed how the grizzled veteran showed up the clueless rookie, the next day Clinton told the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa, that Obama's comment "was irresponsible and frankly naive."


...but without the latter's honor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2007 12:55 PM
Comments

"first year" being the operative term.........

Posted by: Sandy P at July 27, 2007 6:38 PM

One of the most entertaining moments on television is watching the incomparable Krauthammer try to keep a straight face as one of the lite-weights on Bret's panel try their hand at 'splaining things.

Posted by: erp at July 28, 2007 11:53 AM
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