Obama has oft repeated the words of John F. Kennedy, “let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate”.
And while the quote is specifically referencing foreign policy, surely there is at least some parallel to this campaign.
There is obviously a lot for Obama to negotiate now with Hillary – how and when (and if??!!?) she will exit, will she be the VP candidate, is there some cabinet post for her, a Supreme Court nomination?
Mr. Obama called Mrs. Clinton late Tuesday evening to congratulate her, but aides said he left a message because he could not reach her.
But, she had better things to do than to take his call. Usually the loser calls the winner. Usually the loser is looking to ingratiate himself with the winner. Usually the winner has something the loser wants, and the loser is angling for a way to get it.
But here? Not so much.
Obama has won the nomination – yet Hillary has secured all the leverage in the relationship.
Huh – now if we were to take this scenario and apply it back to foreign policy...
YOU CAN QUESTION THE TIMING: That last link was to an interview of John Bolton by Hugh Hewitt in which Bolton said of Obama:
I think the, we haven’t plumbed the depths of that ignorance yet
That was a response to Hugh’s question about whether Obama has been vetted in terms of his foreign policy experience. Hugh followed up:
HH: Now you have spent way too many hours across the table from North Koreans and Iranians. How tough are they? What will they make of Odalai Bama, the kid from Chicago?
JB: Well, I think they will make hash of him and his advisors, too.
That was my point. If Hillary can make a hash of Obama in negotiating her end to the race – just imagine what those in Iran and North Korea will do.
And then – as if on cue – John Bolton publishes an article in the LA Times today on just this topic. I can neither confirm nor deny that I pull the strings on such things, but feel free to Question The Timing, if you wish.
Barack Obama's willingness to meet with the leaders of rogue states such as Iran and North Korea "without preconditions" is a naive and dangerous approach to dealing with the hard men who run pariah states. It will be an important and legitimate issue for policy debate during the remainder of the presidential campaign.
Read the whole thing.