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Obama Knows Best

10:09 AM, Apr 8, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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And now a letter from a McCainiac:

Barack Obama has demonstrated new heights of arrogance and provided fresh insight into his foreign policy designs. His description of Congressional travel is very revealing. Obama claims,

"I know what those trips are like! I've been on them. You go from the airport to the embassy. There's a group of children who do native dance. You meet with the CIA station chief and the embassy and they give you a briefing. You go take a tour of a plant that [with] the assistance of USAID has started something. And then--you go."

In one fell swoop, Obama disparages all serving Ambassadors, the various representatives of the "Country Team" that briefs visiting dignitaries, and CIA station chiefs--as if they could impart information that the Great Obama did not already know from his vast personal experience of four teenage years in Indonesia and a college sojourn to Pakistan and India. One wonders if Obama made the pilgrimage to Katmandu to sample its delights so popular with the college travelers as well? Of course, the Great Obama leaves out that Congressional trips usually involve meeting presidents, prime ministers, ministers of defense, treasury and foreign affairs, members of Parliament, business leaders, journalists and opposition political party leaders. But no matter, the Great Obama does not need to be exposed to the thoughts and views of mere mortals. His is a "diplomacy of dignity," that does not need to be sullied by interaction with mere ministers.

As he pontificates on the way forward in Afghanistan without ever visiting there or bothering to hold a subcommittee hearing on NATO's role there, we can rest assured the Great Obama always knows best. Obama says it is a disgrace that we have not met with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez while he savages our democratic ally, President Uribe of Colombia. Obama calls for unilateral changes in NAFTA, oblivious to the impact this will have on relations with Canada. This is how the Great Obama will conduct his foreign policy: unconditional meetings with state sponsors of terrorism and vicious dictators while undermining loyal allies. But, of course, this makes sense. After all, we are the ones we have been waiting for.