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  •  If you look beyond the bluster... (2+ / 0-)
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    Nowhere Man, StrayCat

    .. you'll find that the Bush administration carried out a huge amount of diplomacy.

    Now, yes, there was immense bullying going on, too. Mafia-style diplomacy, as Noam Chomsky has rightly characterized it. But that's not terribly new. While Jim Baker and Henry Kissinger were realist-school diplomats, they certainly did not eschew international power politics of the sort that overthrew governments not to Washington's liking nor arm-twisting those who they did chose not to supplant by surrogate coup d'etat.

    Some examples from the Bush years: Taking North Korea off the terror list; meeting with Iranian negotiators face to face; the status of force agreement with Iraq.

    Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that the Bush years were anything but deplorable when it came to international relations. But it wasn't quite the black hole, diplomacy-wise, that it has been painted. It's simply impossible to work without carrots even by the nation that carries the biggest stick on the planet.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:58:26 PM PDT

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