Ben Smith has a piece up on Steve Clemons.
I know Steve a bit, have been to his forums, parties and heard him speak innumerable times. He’s one of the few making sense on Libya.
What people do not realize about Clemons is that not only is he a tough foreign policy realist, which I share with him, though we split on Afghanistan until McChrystal’s implosion, he’s also a pragmatic thinker when it comes to political considerations. He proves it again in a quote he gave Ben on Obama’s departing ambassador to China:
“I think Jon Huntsman is terrific,” he said in a recent email. “I do and have talked with him on many occasions. Last met him at his office in Beijing but looking forward to seeing him soon at his new home in Kalorama. He reminds me of Chuck Hagel — and I might support him if he runs. I think he’d make a great president.”
Read the story on Steve, because of all the people buzzing around Washington, no one deserves the profile more.