by DaveOinSF, Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 09:48:55 PM EST
by Paul Hogarth, Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 07:02:54 AM EDT
I wrote this for today's Beyond Chron, San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily
One of the media narratives going around lately is that Barack Obama lacks the foreign policy "experience" to be President. So after he wrote an op-ed where he said we should loosen our embargo on Cuba, CNN was quick to gloat that he had caused "another foreign policy stir." But Obama is absolutely right about this issue: why should politicians pander to a fringe group of right-wing extremists when it comes to our policy with Cuba, just because Florida has 27 electoral votes? Hillary's response to Obama - that we should maintain the status quo - reinforced her bad foreign policy judgment, and is telling given that her husband signed the Helms-Burton Act of 1996. Far from showing a naivete in foreign policy, Obama's stance proves his ability to be the candidate of change.