I can only stare in disbelief at Stefan Kanfer’s post below. Kanger, normally the most perspicuous of observers, has completely gone off the rails in dismissing Barack Obama. Kanfer says he’s a lightweight, inexperienced and unqualified to be commander-in-chief. But these seem to be the very qualifications that Americans often demand from their leaders. Since when has shallowness stopped anyone from rising to the highest office in the land, whether it’s Warren Harding, John F. Kennedy, or, most recently, George W. Bush?
In any case, I also think Kanfer has fundamentally misread Obama, who, incidentally, has been staunchly pro-Israel in his recent speeches. To me, Obama, as the Democrat who opposed the Iraq from the outset, looks firmly on course to sew up the Democratic nomination and win the presidency by positioning himself, not as the next John F. Kennedy, but Robert F. Kennedy, ending an unpopular war and transforming the country.
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