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Obama's Mini State Dept.

The discipline and organization of the Obama campaign is truly remarkable. A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy Every day around 8 a.m., f

The discipline and organization of the Obama campaign is truly remarkable.

A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy

Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day.

Behind the e-mail messages is a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.

In contrast, McCain has loose-knit group of about 75 advisers, consisting of a virtual "who's who" of the neoconservative foreign policy establishment:

McCain receives advice from several generations of Republican strategists and former top foreign policy officials such as Henry Kissinger and Richard Armitage, often grouped in the realist camp of foreign policy, as well as William Kristol and Robert Kagan, leading neoconservative voices. The campaign lists Kagan as a leading foreign policy adviser...

The last two names on that list really tell you all you need to know about the direction of McCain's foreign policy should he become President. McSame indeed.

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