Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Rudy Giuliani 's Foreign Policy Experience?

Newsday is reporting that James Baker kicked Giuliani off of the Iraq Study Group because Giuliani didn't bother to show up for meetings. He was giving $200,000 speeches to business groups in South Korea and the like. He had different priorities. Giuliani could have used this experience to bolster his non existent foreign credentials, but the money was too good to pass up.

I would also like the public and the press to quit saying that 9/11 gave him foreign policy experience. It didn't. It gave him disaster experience. If two planes accidentally collided and blew up the towers would he have foreign policy experience then? What if they were flights out of Paris? It is ridiculous. His role as mayor was to co-ordinate a disaster response. People may find that experience useful in a president, but he didn't consult with our allies, decide to shut down planes, engage in a briefing with NATO. He got briefings from city officials, and relayed information to the public during a terrible tragedy.

His foreign policy experience is how to get $200,000 to speak in South Korea. Let's be real here.