Posted: 09 Nov 2007 Print Send a link
"The resignation last week of Bush's close advisor, Karen Hughes, as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, whose mission was to restore the U.S. image in the world, signaled not only failure but also exhaustion. ... Dick Cheney's and Donald Rumsfeld's presumption that successful war would instill fear leading to absolute obedience and the suppression of potential rivalries and serious threats -- the 'dangerous nation' thesis of neocon theorist Robert Kagan -- has proved to be the greatest foreign policy miscalculation in U.S. history." Sydney Blumenthal, Salon.com, 8 November 2007. "It's tough to wage peace through diplomacy while wars rage. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try. But doubling the public diplomacy budget won't improve America's image nearly as much as making peace in Iraq and Afghanistan." Hartford Courant, 8 November 2007.