February 7, 2014

“SMART DIPLOMACY:” The Emperor Has No Clothes. “The problems over the Ukraine come almost as a caboose to a long train of disasters, with a disconsolate State Department pulling along a whole string of derelicts: Libya, Syria, Iran, the Arab Spring and growing tension in the Western Pacific, so that the troubles with Russia pass almost unnoticed as the last car in the series. . . . Under his watch the 70 year old Pax Americana has fallen apart. Al-Qaeda has flourished. President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines caught the tone of rising concern when he warned, in an interview with the New York Times that China was doing to Southeast Asia what Nazi Germany did to Central Europe in the late 1930s. . . . Barack Obama is in trouble and so are we all. It’s time to stop the Happy Talk and for Republicans and Democrats to face the facts. The emperor has no clothes.”