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Obama's New "Walk Softly" Foreign Policy

I met with my congresswoman last night, Ellen Tauscher of the 10th district, on her way to Senate hearings for her appointment as Undersecretary of State for rms Control and International Security. Helen started out life on Wall Street at the old Bache & Co. as one of the first female members of the NYSE, became an entrepreneur, and spent the last 13 years in congress overseeing all things nuclear (“If I told you the details I’d have to kill you”).  It looks like Obama is going to adopt Teddy Roosevelt’s approach to foreign affairs of “walk softly, but carry a big stick.” “There’s a better way to do it than just offering up our military,” she said. “We want to go back to the high ground on the nuclear issue,” she continued, which meant restarting the destruction of some of our stock of 5,000 weapons already agreed to by treaty with the Russians. Her new responsibilities will include nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons control, the monitoring of nuclear power plants, treaty compliance, and the reigning in of Iran and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. On the financial bailout bill, for which she voted, she opined, “If your neighbor’s house is on fire, it’s in your self interest to do something about it.” She thinks that California has a nonworking government model that needs a constitutional convention to fix. The Republican Party has marginalized itself by sacrificing its moderates for the sake of ideological purity. That is what prompted Senator Arlen Specter to change parties. Good luck working for Hillary at Foggy Bottom.