Obama's lack of foreign policy experience

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    Prime example...

    The morning after claiming the Democratic nomination, Senator Barack Obama spoke to skeptical members of a pro-Israel lobby and made a pledge that some of them found pleasantly surprising: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

    That statement generated a storm of controversy in the Middle East, with one Kuwaiti daily calling it “a slap in the face” to Arabs. And over the last 24 hours, as Mr. Obama and his campaign have sought to explain his initial remarks, and suggested that an undivided Jerusalem would be hard to achieve, they have been accused of backtracking, which has generated a new round of criticism, this one here at home among Jewish groups.
    In the Middle East, however, reaction to Mr. Obama’s speech, which was broadcast live on several Arab-language television stations, was immediate, and strongly negative. Some of the sharpest reaction came from Palestinian leaders who had previously expressed hope that Mr. Obama would break with what they saw as a pattern of American favoritism toward Israel.

    “This statement is totally rejected,” said Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. He added, “We will not accept a Palestinian state without having Jerusalem as the capital.”
    Even within Israel, where the speech was overwhelmingly applauded, some analysts suggested Mr. Obama had staked out a position beyond that of current Israeli leaders. One television commentator said his language was reminiscent of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin of the hard-line Likud Party, who signed a peace accord with Egypt but expanded Israeli settlements in the West Bank.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/07/us/politics/07obama.html
    Obama while trying to drum up political support among the Jewish community....
    None of this is anything other than political expendiency.
     
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    Just like McCain.....

    McCain backs Jerusalem capital: World: News: News24
     
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    He can't Because McCain didn't. when Obama said that millions of Muslims around the world shit their pants, and started planning attacks on him and us. An undivided Jerusalem has never been the policy of the United States.

    Obama is damn lucky he went to the west bank before he went to Israel and said that shit, because they would have ate him alive if he had said it before going to the west bank.

    Now the question should be, does he really mean that shit? What does he mean by it? Does he mean Israel should own all of Jerusalem? Or was he just talking out his ass to gain Jewish Votes at home? Finally is it appropriate for a Candidate to announce such a stunning major Shift In US policy while on an over seas trip like that?

    If he really supports the Idea he is going beyond what even the Israeli Government states it wants. I am guessing he is just talking out his ass, more pandering to the current crowd out of the supposed candidate of change. His attempt to backtrack on it later only reinforces the FACT that he will say what ever he thinks will get him the most votes.

    what change? He is nothing but another politician who will say what ever he thinks the current crowd he is talking to wants to hear. IMO
     
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    Imagine!

    An American Pol pandering to an American voters' block.

    Unheard of!
     
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    Newt Gingrich, commenting on Obama's experience: "Well, Abraham Lincoln served two years in the U.S.House, and seemed to do all right."
     
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    Isn't it amazing that the man who allegedly has "no experience" is already beloved around the world, and our president for the last eight years is despised?

    Maybe it's because Obama is better at selling the American case to the world than George Bush.
     
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    And McCain will be no better.
     
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    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

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    No, it isn't.

    Maybe the rest of the world sees what George Bush and cabal have done and it makes them afraid.

    Can't much blame 'em.
     
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    Hardly a good reason to blindly accept Obama, but oh well.
     

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