July 18, 2008

GO TELL THE SPARTANS:

A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy (ELISABETH BUMILLER, 7/18/08, NY Times)

Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day.

One recent Q. & A. asked, for example, whether Mr. Obama supported the decision by Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, to include a timetable for American troop withdrawal in any new security agreements with the United States. The answer, provided to Mr. Obama with bullet points, was yes — or “a genuine opportunity,” as he put it in a speech on Iraq this week.

Behind the e-mail messages is a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.


One might feel more comfortable having them face the Persian threat if their number didn't suggest a staggering level of ignorance on the part of their chief as well as a complete absence of managerial skill.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2008 11:57 AM

This is reminds me of candidates who answer a question by saying they'll appoint a 'blue-ribbon committee' to investigate the issue. I've always wanted a reporter to ask, "Can you tell us who's going to be on the committee? Because we might as well go ahead and elect them since you've already admitted that they know more than you do."

Posted by: Dreadnought at July 18, 2008 12:25 PM

"as well as a complete absence of managerial skill."

What a shock. Look at the guy's (non-existent) resume. Never done a thing, certainly not as a boss.

So 300 Democrats want to sign up early to advise the Messiah (most of them quite obviously unqualified, being Democrats) and he's incapable of telling the last 295 or so that their services aren't needed. Pathetic.

Posted by: b at July 18, 2008 12:30 PM
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