Michael Barone gets it:
But some people, including Barack Obama, whose college thesis written in those years has never been made public, seem stuck in a time warp in which the United States is the bad guy.Many of us were liberals in our teens and twenties. Then we became acquainted with reality and grew up.
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[O]n foreign policy as his record emerges -- as he reverses himself on missile defense and perhaps on Afghanistan -- his motivating principle seems rooted in an analysis, common in his formative university years, that America has too often been on the side of the bad guys. The response has been to disrespect those who have been our friends and to bow to our enemies.
But failure to mature politically means Obama gets to hang with the cool kids, though they may not like him for his first class temperament or the sharp crease of his pant. They may like him because he's weak and has broadcast that weakness to the world.
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