Friday, December 28, 2007

bhutto's assassination isn't a reason to vote for clinton or mccain

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is obviously bad news. But it's just the most dramatic bad news from Pakistan, which shows signs that it could slip into becoming our worst nightmare* - a country that already HAS nuclear weapons, ruled by a theocratic Islamic group that are far more hostile to the United States than Iran.

But it's absurd that Hillary Clinton and John McCain are trying to spin this as a reason to vote for them because they have foreign policy experience. McCain says he can pick up the phone and call Mushareff.

Well let me let you in on a little secret: anybody who is President of the United States will have a big staff that knows how to place a long-distance phone call to a foreign leader. And you know what? Foreign leaders tend to take the President's phone call, whether a grizzled vet like McCain would be, or a former governor person with no foreign policy experience, like Mike Huckabee. Or Mitt Romney. Or George W. Bush. Or Bill Clinton...

Romney was right, if foreign policy were the only criterion, we could just grab a diplomat and make him or her president. It is certainly a very important element but it's NOT the only thing we should judge a presidential candidate by.

*Well, maybe that's not as bad a nightmare as the Soviet Union pointing ten thousand nukes at us, but you get the idea.


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