I saw this on the Guardian UK RSS feed. The headline was, “Clinton turns up the heat on Obama,” while the summary was, “Hillary rounds on Democratic rival over the politically-loaded issue of his time in Indonesia.”
It turns out that Hillary was commenting on a statement made by Barack when asked about his foreign policy experience. Barack said, “Probably the strongest experience I have in foreign relations is the fact I spent four years overseas when I was a child in south-east Asia.”
Hillary responds with: “Now voters will judge whether living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face.”
I’m not sure that there is a critical period for developing foreign policy experience; if there is, I’m not sure it’d be between 10-14. However, those ages are crucial in the development of identity in young men, so on some level I do see where Barack is coming from. Indonesia is an extremely diverse country, and Barack would have to learn about other cultures and how to work with people from said culture. Given that our current President currently only works with two cultures–NeoCons and the Religious Right–even Barack’s experience would be a welcome change.