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Friday, March 20, 2009

Diplomacy? What's That?

Diplomacy? What's That?

Who would have ever thought during the eight long years of the past presidential administration that America would ever try diplomacy? I thought we had all but given up trying to act like adults. After this I would love to see Obama finally end the embargo with Cuba.

I have been doing a fair bit of reading about the ancient Mediterranean world. The Persians were a much less bellicose empire than the Greeks or the Romans, preferring to negotiate to achieve their political aims, or f that didn’t work then to bribe their way out of a tricky situation. In the post World War II era, has America achieved anything through military means? If we have had any success in warfare it was probably greatly outweighed by the opportunity costs of not attempting another approach to the same problem.

I just want to say how refreshing it is to have a president who talks to people like adults.