March 16, 2014

In 21st Century, Force Still Trumps Diplomacy

Hussein Ibish, The National

The Associated Press

What Mr Obama, Mr Kerry and Ms Clinton have been driving towards is an American foreign policy that seeks to avoid force whenever possible, emphasises interdependence, economic globalisation, soft power and the internet as at least as important as military might. In the abstract, it is intellectually and morally impeccable. The problem is that both smart and soft power can rarely do much to answer raw hard power. The United States isn’t going to do anything beyond scolding and sanctions now that Russia has invaded Ukraine, because there’s nothing more it really could reasonably do.

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TAGGED: Bashar Al-Assad, Syria, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, U.S. Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry

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