The Clinton-Obama Cage Match

THE CLINTON-OBAMA CAGE MATCH….At the risk of going all meta on you, I have to confess that I’m fascinated by the recent foreign policy mini-fracases between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (talking with foreign leaders last week, striking Pakistan and using nukes this week). In all three cases, you practically need a microscope to suss out any substantive difference between Obama and Clinton, but both camps have nonetheless been eager to blow up all of these things into allegedly serious policy disagreements.

Why? I suppose one possibility is that any PR is good PR, so why not do what you can to get some press during the dog days? More likely, though, is that this is as good a sign as you’re ever going to get of just how little difference there really is between the two. They desperately want to differentiate themselves, but they simply can’t find something of any real substance to disagree about. So rhetorical trivia gets the place of honor instead.

It’s better than nothing, I suppose. Still, inquiring minds want to know if there’s anything serious on the foreign policy front that they disagree about. So far it’s pretty hard to point to anything.

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