Thursday, September 04, 2008

My co-bloggers won't like it, but...

Thomas Sowell has a new column up at NRO discussing what it really means to have experience, foreign policy or otherwise. Perhaps somewhat glibly:
a plain fact should be noted: No governor ever had foreign-policy experience before becoming president — not Ronald Reagan, not Franklin D. Roosevelt, nor any other governor.

It is hard to know how many people could possibly have had foreign-policy experience before reaching the White House besides a Secretary of State or a Secretary of Defense.

The last Secretary of War (the old title of Secretaries of Defense) to later become President of the United States was William Howard Taft, a hundred years ago. The last Secretary of State to become President of the United States was James Buchanan, a century and a half ago.

1 comment:

the cold cowboy said...

he's right for the most part - but i think when they say they're concerned about a candidate's 'foreign policy experience' most people are really looking to see if they know how to handle themselves around foreign leaders so they won't embarrass themselves and the country abroad; be able to command respect abroad; be willing to intervene in shit if the conditions merit intervention; and these days, making sure you don't intervene when you don't effing have to.

as a candidate, obama's shown that he can at least appear to have a pretty damn good grasp on those things. more so, i would say, than johnny mac. reckon that's what debates are there for.