March 13, 2014

Obama Speaks Loudly, but Carries Small Stick

John Judis, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Theodore Roosevelt won fame, and was later lionized, as the leader of the Rough Riders in Cuba and as the bellicose advocate of American expansionism in the Pacific. “I should welcome any war, for I think the country needs one,” Roosevelt wrote a friend in 1897. But Roosevelt’s most important contribution to American foreign policy came later—when he became president in 1901 and when he replaced his colonel’s spurs with a subtle understanding of what diplomacy entailed. 

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TAGGED: Barack Obama Administration, Theodore Roosevelt, United States, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Syria

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