September 6, 2009

DOES MR. HOAGLAND READ THE POST?:

'Change They Can't Believe In' (Jim Hoagland, September 6, 2009, Washington Post)

[J]apan's upheaval also presents Obama with a significant challenge in Asia. The president will have to walk a fine line in correctly identifying and strengthening the moderates in the new government while containing the coalition's left- and right-wing extremists.

And the president has done himself no favor at this moment by choosing John Roos, a California lawyer and a mega-fundraiser for Obama in 2008, as his ambassador to Tokyo. Over time, Obama's complicity with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in stuffing the most important U.S. embassies with campaign bagmen instead of experienced foreign policy professionals will come back to haunt this White House -- nowhere more so than in Japan.


The UR was too inexperienced to chart the moderate course for his own presidency and he's supposed to figure out how to do it for Japan?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2009 7:42 AM
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