You heard it here first—from Valerie Jarrett, Obama aide and foreign policy expert extraordinaire:
[NOTE: Jarrett has an interesting history. A lawyer, most of her experience has been as a mover and shaker in local Chicago democratic politics, and she was an early friend, supporter, and booster of Obama. But she was born in 1956 in Iran, where her American-citizen father was a doctor who ran a hospital there "as part of a program where American doctors and agricultural experts sought to help jump-start developing countries' health and farming efforts." She lived there for the first five years of her life, and learned Persian as well as French when she was a child.
Long ago I noted that Barack Obama seemed to value such experiences of foreign residence in childhood above the foreign policy credentials of so-called "experts." Remember when he said:
Ironically, this is an area—foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.
It’s ironic because this is supposedly the place where experience is most needed to be Commander-in-Chief. Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world...So when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa–knowing the leaders is not important–what I know is the people. . . .”
“I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college...
So Valerie Jarrett's early childhood experience of Iran would fit right in with Obama's theory of what constitutes foreign policy expertise.]