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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Obama vs. The Establishment

If you watched the debate on Tuesday but don't otherwise follow the horserace, you may have wondered what the heated exchange regarding Pakistan was about. If you missed the debate and don't know what I'm talking about, watch it here.

This is all about writing the narrative that Obama is naive and lacks sound foreign policy judgement. It's bullshit though, because the conflict is not about policy. It's an insider/outsider fight for control over a public impression, which in this case is credibility. Obama has the temerity to suggest that maybe the people who brought us the Iraq war shouldn't be taken so seriously anymore. Read the memo his campaign put out

Josh explains the political-meta behind this, and Matt argues convincingly why most of the "Foreign Policy Community" isn't worth a damn. Those two posts are required reading.

Obama +1