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Hillary Clinton's camp has its test ready for Barack Obama

March 13, 2008 |  6:48 am

Could it be that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is taking some cues from the Top of the Ticket?

At the risk of immodesty, we ask because in the wake of our request for readers to devise a commander in chief test for Barack Obama, a Clinton aide put together an essay exam for him.

Here are the seven questions posed by Lee Feinstein, national security director for the Clinton campaign, in a Wednesday release:

• Will you stand by your definitive commitment to removing all combat brigades from Iraq within 16 months, or will you, as your former advisor said, not rely on "some plan" you "crafted as a presidential candidate or as a US Senator?”

• Do you regret that you have never held any substantive hearings on Afghanistan or any other subject, since you became chairman of the subcommittee on European Affairs in January 2007?

• Do you agree with General Tony McPeak that you are more qualified to be commander in chief because you don't “go on television and have crying fits?” Are you prepared to remove General McPeak from your campaign for what is viewed by many as a sexist comment?

• Are you still willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of an Obama administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of ...

Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea? Are there any circumstances in which you would not conduct such meetings?

• As voters evaluate you as a potential Commander-in-Chief, do you think it's legitimate for people to be concerned that you have traveled to only one NATO country, on a brief stopover trip in 2005, and have never traveled to Latin America?

• Earlier in the campaign you were asked how you would respond to a terrorist attack on two cities in the United States. You talked about the need for an effective emergency response but were initially unclear about the need for a military response. What do you think that says about your readiness to be Commander-in-Chief?

• You publicly broadcast your willingness to attack Pakistan unilaterally, a statement which caused unrest in that country. Recognizing that we need to combat terrorism wherever it exists, do you wish you would have made your comments in a way that didn't cause unrest?

We trust Feinstein is not banking too heavily on hearing back from Obama anytime soon.

-- Don Frederick

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