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February 24, 2009

Foreign Policy and "the Speech"
Posted by Heather Hurlburt

When I saw the text of Obama's speech to Congress tonight, my first thought was, when has a president ever introduced the national security section of his State of the Union through the budget??

My second thought, as someone who watched a previous president and his staff agonize about how much national security was enough, how nice  and perhaps unexpected it was to see a first-term president with the self-confidence to say, ok, I'll do my Iraq-Afghanistan speech on Friday and leave it out of the SOTU.  

My third thought, having sat through the whole thing, is to point out how we are moving toward a worlcd where there is no "foreign policy section" because the issues are woven seamlessly through a framework of issues affecting America, energy security, global warming, and other issues.

My final thought, having seen excerpts of the Jindal response, is to note that apparently for all his "newness" the GOP doesn't have a retooled message on national security yet.  We'll see how that goes over.

**On this last point, CNN's Dana Bash just reported a GOP Congressman Twittering to his colleagues that he "wished the war was on page one of this speech."  Ol' playbook's the only playbook they've got.


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