Hillary Clinton has responded pointedly and effectively to Barack Obama’s claim that the four years he spent living overseas as a child provides him with “strong experience. . .in foreign relations.” Though it will seem odd to many that Obama made such a silly claim is, this sort of fuzzy thinking is in the air that liberals breathe these days. It’s part of the notion that the U.S. is too provincial and that if we spent more time abroad (even as kids, apparently), we’d be sufficiently sophisticated to avoid foreign policy error or, what some liberals take to be the same thing, offending foreigners. This is the sort of view one hears from C-SPAN callers on the Democratic line.
In any case, Clinton’s response was powerful:
I have traveled the world on behalf of our country – first in the White House with my husband and now as a Senator. I