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August 20, 2008

Think Holbrooke wants to be Obama's secretary of state?

Democrat Richard Holbrooke, former UN ambassador and broker of the Dayton peace talks over Bosnia, has some (quite) nice things to say about Obama in the September issue of Foreign Affairs. Holbrooke lost out to Madeleine Albright for SS in the Clinton administration.

"It is the differences between Obama and McCain that are truly revealing, and they offer important insights into the values and styles of the two men, their profoundly divergent attitudes toward the role of diplomacy, and their contrasting visions for the United States. Obama's policy proposals—whether on climate change, energy, Africa, Cuba, or Iran—are forward-leaning; he proposes adjusting old and static policies to new and evolving realities. He emphasizes the need for diplomacy as the best way of enhancing U.S. power and influence. On trade, although McCain accuses Obama of neoprotectionism, in fact Obama argues for improving trade agreements to take into account elements such as labor and environmental standards—improvements that would give them more domestic support."
Posted by Jay Hancock at 3:31 PM | | Comments (0)

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About Jay Hancock
Jay Hancock has been a financial columnist for The Baltimore Sun since 2001. He has also been The Baltimore Sun's diplomatic correspondent in Washington and its chief economics writer. Before moving to Baltimore in 1994 he worked for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and The Daily Press of Newport News.

His columns appear Tuesdays and Sundays.

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