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Obama’s Lonely Planet Foreign Policy

Speaking in San Francisco this past Sunday, Barack Obama said:

Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton and Senator McCain.

Kind of makes you wonder where he thinks he could use some work. In any case, what makes Obama so confident that he can tackle global crises? A college trip to Pakistan, of course. Here’s the New York Times:

. . . Mr. Obama also spoke about having traveled to Pakistan in the early 1980′s. Because of that trip, which he did not mention in either of his autobiographical books, “I knew what Sunni and Shia was before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” he said.

It must have been a rough trip!  Pakistan, after all, is the only country Obama has specifically talked about bombing.   Is he planning to cite a spring break trip to Daytona Beach as a source of authority on naval matters? A viewing of Ishtar as his point of entry into Mideast diplomacy?