Michael Totten

Childish Foreign Policy

Lebanese blogger Tony Badran is not too impressed with the New York Times lately.

The NYT editorial board amassed the entirety of its impressive foreign policy genius, and came out with this terrifyingly awesome statement:
Damascus must also be told that it will pay a high price — in scorn, isolation and sanctions — if it is found to have ordered Mr. Gemayel’s death, or the deaths or maiming of a half-dozen other anti-Syrian politicians and journalists. Hezbollah must be told that it will be shunned if it tries to grab power through further violence or intimidation.
Did they just say “scorn”? Oh snap! Wait, and they got away with “shunning” Hezbollah?! They could do that?! Damn… that is cold! Take that Nasrallah and Khamenei! How you feel about that?!
This is what a friend of mine calls “the kindergarten school of politics.” Bad boys to the corner! No friends for bullies! This editorial might as well have been written by a grade-schooler.

Tony is on a roll lately, and there’s plenty more where that came from.
UPDATE: Mustapha at Beirut Spring concurs that the New York Times is “infantile” and suggests Jim Hoagland as a man who “gets it.” (And he’s right, Hoagland does get it.)