Smart Power

Strengthening ties between Ahmadinejad and Erdogan.

Here’s Hillary Clinton explaining the genius behind “smart power”

I believe that American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted. We must use what has been called smart power, the full range of tools at our disposal – diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural, picking the right tool or combination of tools for each situation. With smart power, diplomacy will be the vanguard of our foreign policy. This is not a radical idea. The ancient Roman poet Terrence declared that in every endeavor, the seemly course for wise men is to try persuasion first. The same truth binds wise women as well.

And more:

Dean Nye today published a piece in the LA Times about this resurgence of soft power/smart power in the Obama administration, a move away from fear and domination to inspiration and hope, clichés though they may be. There is no question that just the symbolic presence of Obama as American President is a trust-infusing and credibility-building move in the world.

Now, that yucky Bush would have used sticks to frighten Turkey away from Iran. But Obama’s SMART POWER has made them the best of friends. And, aren’t friends good?

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One Comment on “Smart Power”

  1. Steve B Says:

    diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural

    She forgot “environmental.”

    B.O. is too busy playing golf to worry about things like Turkey cozying up to Iran.


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