Beware of Indonesians Bearing Cultural Insights

GFR comments on and heartily excerpts some paywalled Nick Kristof content about Barack Obama’s experiences growing up partially in Indonesia. “He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school,” writes Kristof, “but a president is less likely to stereotype Muslims as fanatics — and more likely to be aware of their nationalism — if he once studied the Koran with them.” One would certainly hope so. On the other hand, the last major American political figure to be knowledgable about Indonesia was . . . Paul Wolfowitz. And we all know how that turned out.

Meanwhile, Democrats who opposed the surge sure do look foolish now that it’s working so well.