Reza Aslan writes an excellent article on why Obama’s lack of experience in foreign policy is a deal-breaker when it comes to the Middle East. Aslan notes that attempts to overcome Obama’s inexperience with appeals to his “fresh face” and “intuitive sense of the world” is a cause for concern.
The main issue in U.S. foreign policy that the next president will face is repairing our image in the world. But in foreign policy, unlike advertising, image is created through action, not branding. Which is why one cannot help but sense a touch of shirking (not to mention a lack of short-term memory) in all this talk about “intuitive experience” and “re-branding images,” particularly when it comes from those who began the “New American Century” as ardent supporters of Bush’s wars and his self-advertised “gut” instincts.Advertisements