Does Obama Get Europe?

Steve Clemons wonders why Obama is skipping Brussels:

...for Obama to neglect Brussels and the vital significance of what is going on in the evolving institutional heart of Europe may amplify doubt about him and his strategic template. Long ago, I broke the story that Senator Obama had not chaired any policy hearings of the European Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I thought that this got overplayed by some others -- but still, it raised questions about the status of Europe in Obama's world view...while I still applaud his forthcoming journey, I need to underscore that the Europe box is not in fact checked off until he gets to Brussels. We'll consider it half checked off -- sort of like a spare in bowling perhaps.

Judah Grunstein agrees.