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Obama as Commander in Chief

David Broder thinks that President Obama, even in abandoning positions he took during the campaign, "clearly has taken on the mind-set and priorities of a commander in chief -- and he is unlikely to revert back." Karl Rove agrees (domestic policy is another matter). Obama�s speech this morning, which White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said would cover "military commissions . . . photos, state secrets, transparency and protecting our national security," will be worth reading.

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Insofar as foreign policy requires financing then it is not a detatched concern and is also domestic policy. In so far as his domestic policy to include Cafe standards and cap and trade will require pressure to be put on China, then there is considerable overlap. In many ways Obama does not have a domestic policy or a foreign policy, he has an international policy. He is argueing for socialized medicine in part to lift financial burdens off the automakers. Foreign policy is american trade policy. What Geithner and Bernake do has foreign policy implications. The question on Iraq as Francis Fukuyama puts it is no longer will it work, but if it was worth it in terms of deficit spending.

Barrack Obama equals Macroeconomic international policy.

Nobody who listened to Barrack Obama during the campaign can fairly accuse him of abandoning positions. That he might be socialist is debateable. I called him Hegelian before I knew Fukuyama supported him, and now I think he follows closely a certain vein in Chicago school Macroeconomics/law. In many ways whatever you want to call him, you could almost call him conservative.

In the audacity of hope he explains to an elder gentleman who approaches him why he disagrees. He says, something to the effect that he empathizes with why he feels that way, but that he must make the decision on the basis of the facts that he knows.

There is no doubt a clever reason for everything he puts into the audacity of hope, but in saying this he confirms Edmund Burke who says: "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion."

In his audacious if somewhat forced necessity to incorporate foreign policy and economic/domestic policy he also follows Burke who says: "Mere parsimony is not economy... expense, and great expense, may be an essential part of true economy."

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