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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The US as a Scold

The US government has withdrawn its ambassadors to Nepal and Syria in a snit. And, in explanation of these actions, has issued some huffy comments to those two governments.

Is the US entering a time when its foreign policy will be essentially scolding other governments, expressing outrage, shaking fingers of accusation, and denouncing? The answer is YES. It is a fulfillment of the Bush Administration's view of the US role in the world. And doesn't Secretary of State Rice play the role well?

But, such scolding and posturing only indicates that the US is impotent to act. It is a sign of weakness.

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