Saturday, March 05, 2005

The Bush administration goes soft

So says Joseph S. Nye in the Daily Star today.

He starts his article by saying
"The first term of U.S. President George W. Bush's presidency was marked by unilateralism and military power."
He concludes with
"It is much too early for a verdict on Bush's second-term policies. As he looks ahead to the verdict of history, he seems to realize that hard power alone will not consolidate his reputation, but he remains hostage to incidents and accidents that could drive even his best-laid plans off course. Nonetheless, the most striking thing at this point in Bush's second term is his belated discovery of the importance of diplomacy and soft power."
I think the author is a bit off mark in that President Bush's first term was marked by unilateralism and military power only after extensive efforts at diplomacy had failed. Furthermore, I think that President Bush has not belatedly discovered the importance of diplomacy and "soft power", but rather, the president is now simply allowing the slow-learners another chance to get on board the right side of history.

1 comment:

American Psychopath said...

i like the way you think. -woody

Drive-in brothels a hit

Germany has now decided to open more drive-in brothels after its first one was a success. The original brothel in Cologne has eight garage areas where clients can drive in to do their business with the women who work there. Not wanting to discriminate, there are areas available for customers who do not have a car to also partake in the festivities. Showers and toilets are provided for the women, as well as alert sirens in case of an emergency.

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