From the Jerusalem Post:
Two months ago in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush, coming to the end of a two-term presidency and presumably as expert on Israeli-Palestinian policy as he is ever going to be, was accompanied by a team of no fewer than five advisers and spokespeople during a 40-minute interview with this writer and three other Israeli journalists.
In March, on his whirlwind visit to Israel, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, one of whose primary strengths is said to be his intimate grasp of foreign affairs, chose to bring along Sen. Joe Lieberman to the interview our diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon and I conducted with him, looked to Lieberman several times for reassurance on his answers and seemed a little flummoxed by a question relating to the nuances of settlement construction.
On Wednesday evening, toward the end of his packed one-day visit here, Barack Obama, the Democratic senator who is leading the race for the White House and who lacks long years of foreign policy involvement, spoke to The Jerusalem Post with only a single aide in his King David Hotel room, and that aide’s sole contribution to the conversation was to suggest that the candidate and I switch seats so that our photographer would get better lighting for his pictures.
The transcript of the interview follows the column at the link above, for anyone who wants to read it. Given the increasing evidence that one candidate (hint: his surname is Obama) is very knowledgeable about both domestic and foreign policy, and one candidate (hint: his surname is McCain) frequently appears unsure of his own policies and needs to be corrected by his wingman Joe Lieberman on fundamental things like the difference between Sunnis and Shiites, I’m fairly optimistic that conventional wisdom will stop being that Obama is the one who is a lightweight on foreign policy.