Skip to comments.Stop Getting Mad, America. Get Smart.
Posted on 12/10/2007 5:13:15 PM PST by america4vr
The world is dissatisfied with American leadership. Shocked and frightened after 9/11, we put forward an angry face to the globe, not one that reflected the more traditional American values of hope and optimism, tolerance and opportunity.
This fearful approach has hurt the United States' ability to bring allies to its cause, but it is not too late to change. The nation should embrace a smarter strategy that blends our "hard" and "soft" power -- our ability to attract and persuade, as well as our ability to use economic and military might. Whether it is ending the crisis in Pakistan, winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, deterring Iran's and North Korea's nuclear ambitions, managing China's rise or improving the lives of those left behind by globalization, the United States needs a broader, more balanced approach.
Lest anyone think that this approach is weak or naive, remember that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used a major speech on Nov. 26 "to make the case for strengthening our capacity to use 'soft' power and for better integrating it with 'hard' power." We -- one Republican, one Democrat -- have devoted our lives to promoting American preeminence as a force for good in the world. But the United States cannot stay on top without strong and willing allies and partners. Over the past six years, too many people have confused sharing the burden with relinquishing power. In fact, when we let others help, we are extending U.S. influence, not diminishing it.
Since 9/11, the war on terrorism has shaped this isolating outlook, becoming the central focus of U.S. engagement with the world. The threat from terrorists with global reach is likely to be with us for decades.
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To paraphrase *any* aspect of this emphatically naive, insipidly amateurish, didactic sermon that reads like some high-school morality play is too much to ask.
Had someone ask me to take a stab at identifying the venuein which this was conveyed, I would have said without equivocation to be some lame home page/ blog/social bookmarking site. But no, it was nothing less than the voice of one of the MSM's most distinguished, prestigious institutions. And in light of this inexcusable drivel makes it all the more harder to understand
Yep. Perhaps the Admins would add the BARF alert to the title. This one reeks!
Good. The world is an ass.
It sounds like the authors of this tripe cannot walk-the-talk of their own battle cry. They tell us to stop getting mad, but this article is full of anger.
I wish we would get tough rhetorically with this nonsense.
The idea that America is arrogant and brash is ridiculous and downright dangerous.
Saudia Arabia is humble.
Iran is humble.
Russia is humble.
America is the lineage of hope. Look at South Korea. Look at Europe. Look at Japan.
The best thing that can happen to the various assortments of fascism on this earth is to get kindly crushed by the US military. Then we allow a decent government to take its place and provide a modicum of humanity to the imperial nightmares that infect this earth.
Armitage?! Talk about gall...
Get a life, the Wopo lost it's reputation a long time ago.
Yes, absolutely disgusting. Most disturbing is that an obvious enemy like Armitage was in such an influential post. The President’s worst mistake was to not clean house on day 1.
The world should stop watching CNN.
What a surprise./s
Richard Armitage is THE person responsible for blowing Valerie Plame’s supposed “cover”, but NOTHING was ever done to him about it....
translation: bend down and grab them ankles real good...
Yeah, you are correct. He did not have the stones to do what he should have done, and he continues to take doo-doo from the left.
No more RINOS for me, not now, not ever. Walk the walk, and talk the talk, or you won’t get my vote.
When I read the description of this forum my first thought was it was telling America to be better armed.
Also from the WP:
WE’RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years. But all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame’s cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.
Mr. Armitage was one of the Bush administration officials who supported the invasion of Iraq only reluctantly. He was a political rival of the White House and Pentagon officials who championed the war and whom Mr. Wilson accused of twisting intelligence about Iraq and then plotting to destroy him. Unaware that Ms. Plame’s identity was classified information, Mr. Armitage reportedly passed it along to columnist Robert D. Novak “in an offhand manner, virtually as gossip,” according to a story this week by the Post’s R. Jeffrey Smith, who quoted a former colleague of Mr. Armitage.
the very dude who threatened to bomb Pak back to the stone age.
In a better world, Richard Armitage would have been shunned forever and lived his last days in social and political isolation.
Plame’s identity was as classified as the sanitation engineer’s. She drove through the front gate everyday. This was a setup from the first. The President’s mistake is that he didn’t hammer traitors in a time of war
You might enjoy this:
Jim Noble to "world" (there is no such political community) : KMA.
Isn’t her 15 mins. up yet?
I guess the book deal didn’t work out so well. She needs the $$$. God knows Wilson isn’t supporting the family.:)
Thank God for the internet, the liberty and the forums to share information the gatekeepers kept from us for so many years.
I knew Armitage was a dove, but I didn't realize he was a pink dove.
How about these "traditional American values", Dick?
Well Dick, you did a really crappy job with the ‘soft’ stuff when you and Powell were running State so Bush had to use more of the ‘hard’ stuff.
So you managed to pay him back for your incompetence by sabotaging his administration in the plame affair by letting all of the WH aides twist in the wind and allowing the MSM to tear apart the Administration.
So, Dick? You’ve done enough damage. Why don’t you just shut the F up?
Right now, I am upset, and pretty damned angry. I just finished watching the movie "Flight 93" with my wife. Then I logged on and read THIS crap. We put an angry face to the world? WTF is that supposed to mean? SHOULD WE HAVE PUT AN EFFING HAPPY FACE TOWARDS THE WORLD?
On 9/11 we had 3,000 of our fellow citizens slaughtered in cold blood. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents, pregnant women, brothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, Americans. Some of them were pulverized to a fine mush under the weight of collapsing buildings. Some faced the choice of burning alive or plummeting a thousand feet to die on the pavement below. Others died screaming in terror as the planes flew past skyscrapers before hitting their targets.
I had an acquaintance of mine who died on one of those planes, American Flight 11. His name was David Kovalcin. My last memory of him is sitting up on a porch until 2 AM on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee drinking beers talking about life long after all the other people had gone to bed.
My new boss was a Colonel in the Army who had just retired weeks before. I was having my first interview with her in her office, when her phone rang. It was one of her former subordinates calling to tell her that a plane had just hit the Pentagon. After she hung up, she looked at me and said "I have a lot of close friends in that building."
If those people who perpetrated the horror of 9/11 had weapons that could kill a million people, they would have used them. They intentionally rammed those planes into the WTC to try to trap as many people in the top of the buildings as they could. If they could get their hands on a nuclear weapon, they would use it without hesitation. People like this POS who wrote this, and the liberal rump-swabs who believe with all their hearts what this guy wrote are the biggest danger to Western civilization that there is.
There is no enemy out there right now that is more dangerous than liberalism.
What do you expect from the WaPo and Richard Armitage who "leaked" Plame's name and stood by while everyone else was blamed. Armitage should hide under the lowest rock he can find - he has the integrity of the other slimey creatures who hide under rocks!
I detest Armitage, and I dislike Novak just as much.
I gave money to Scooter Libby’s defense fund, which he should never have needed because of the actions of the arrogant testicle-less weasels Armitage and Novak.
They let an innocent man’s life get ruined, for WHAT? It just pisses me off.
All we want is for you to like us. Please! Like Us! Please like us!
Don’t get yourself too upset. I don’t know if anyone in DC is totally “innocent”.
You do know that Scooter Libby defended Marc Rich, don’t you?
Personally, I am dissatisfied with the world’s followership. Know your role, people.
So nauseated was I, I couldn't quote/rip apart any of the damnable lies with which he managed to
defile me like some horrific, noxious cloud of flatulent moon-battiness.
America’s enemies should fear incineration, not sanctions on fuzzy bunny slippers.
Nothing personal khnyny, nothing against you for pointing it out, but I honestly don’t really care if he defended Marc Rich. That has nothing to do with what happened to him in this.
I am not really interested in karma or anything like that. What I am concerned with is that our tax dollars were spent on a partisan witch hunt, our focus on the war on terror was lost and the fight was made more difficult because the liberal suck-bags out there thought they were going to be able to frog-march someone of substance out of the White House, when the partisan hacks running the investigation knew ALL ALONG that it was Armitage.
Scooter Libby could defend Jeffrey Dahmer for all I care. This thread is about a nuclear Iran and Islamofascists with their hands on a bomb, and the idiots who think that is a fine and dandy idea.
That is what I have an issue with.
When I hear the phrase “soft power” (it was popular when I was in grad school), I reach for my .40.
Perhaps the “world” should try Russian, Saudi, or Chinese leadership for a while—and let us know how it works out. Who is “the world” anyway? Whoever they are, I think the “world” could use a good ass-whooping (starting with Hugo Chavez).
That sounds sensible to me.
These people are going to get us all killed. If they want to cozy up to these people, power to them, just as long as they don’t get my head sawed off when theirs go.
I would bet one attack like 9/11 every year or so would damn near destroy our economy, and just think they did it with box cutters Mr Armitage
Translation: Forget 9/11 and play Chicken Politics with terrorists.
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