Democracy Arsenal

« Ghosts in the Computer | Main | McCain on Torture »

February 14, 2008

O'Hanlon... Grrr
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Seriously how is it that Mike O'Hanlon (R-Petraeus) manages to get himself into every single major op-ed page in this country so often?  I know so many more responsible and thoughtful people, who write much higher quality stuff but have a much harder time getting published.  His latest masterpiece in the WSJ today attacks Obama for his willingness to talk to regimes we don't like.   

If elevated to a doctrine, reliance on presidential-level diplomacy is a mistake. It risks rewarding foreign leaders who cause the most trouble, creating perverse incentives for those desiring the attention of the U.S. It also can confuse us about the nature of diplomacy. Foreign leaders, nice or not, make deals based on assessments of their interests, and any new diplomatic doctrine that fails to recognize as much would ignore centuries of history and potentially damage American security.

This is a classic case of an unfair strawman.  O'Hanlon is basically implying that Obama's foreign policy doctrine is that he will rely solely on talking to dictators as a way of dealing with them.  That's just absurd.  What Obama has said is that direct talks (instead of Bush's high school or kindergarten theory of diplomacy of not talking to people we don't like) need to be a central element of a broader strategy.

Anyone who thinks that America's strategy should be to talk to dictators all day, without laying the necessary groundwork through lower level negotiations, offering incentives, and sometimes using threats, is a moron.  So, there are a number of options:   A.  O'Hanlon thinks that Obama and his whole team of advisors (including Tony Lake, Susan Rice, Richard Danzig and Greg Craig) are just a bunch of morons; B.  He is deliberately misrepresenting Obama's position; or  C.  He hasn't actually paid close enough attention to figure out what Obama's policy really is.  I'll go with some combination of B & C.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451c04d69e200e5505b254a8834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference O'Hanlon... Grrr:

» Buy ambien. from Buy ambien.
Buy ambien. [Read More]

» Buy ambien online order cheap ambien now. from Online pharmacy order ambien.
Buy ambien online order cheap ambien now. Order ambien online. Cheap ambien online order ambien now with discount. Online pharmacy order ambien. [Read More]

Comments

why not option(d)o'hanlon's a moron?

I mean look, there are fundamentally two kinds of people in the so-called "foreign policy community"; there are people who, whatever their views, are engaged in a mostly serious conversation wherein they interpret one another's views reasonably (not infallibly, obvs) and respond in ways sincerely aimed at persuading or clarifying differences; and then there are people playing political games. It's certainly necessary that people in the second category exist and that's all well, but why they should simultaneously get to play good-faith member of the FPC is beyond me.

CHEAP rs gold
MY lotro gold
CHEAPEST aion gold

Thank you for your sharing! I like i very much!

Known as replica chanel replica chanel
Los Angeles' "Ambassador of replica gucci replica gucci
Boogie Funk," D?m-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in replica hermes replica hermes
the Leimert Park section of L.A., D?m (pronounced: dame) has been dedicated over the last few years to cultivating a musical renaissance replica louis vuitton replica louis vuitton
rooted in the early-'80s styles known discount handbags discount handbags
as Boogie, Modern designer handbags designer handbags
Soul and Electro-Funk.

Smart Phone Parts Leading smart phone parts, PDA Parts, data capture parts, Cell Phone Parts, mobile phone parts, iPhone Parts, LCD screen and digitizer supplier offers experienced,Data Capture Parts, timely, cost competitive, GlobalDirectParts,worldwide logistics support. We are the reliable parts supplier that delivers competitive price & quality assurance,Global Direct Parts, on time.

This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for writing!

MORE Thank you expect a beautiful message

Learn something new everyday! Thanks!

I found your website perfect for my needs. It contains wonderful and helpful posts. I have read most of them and learned a lot from them. You are doing some great work. Thank you for making such a nice website.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Emeritus Contributors
Subscribe
Sign-up to receive a weekly digest of the latest posts from Democracy Arsenal.
Email: 
Powered by TypePad

Disclaimer

The opinions voiced on Democracy Arsenal are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of any other organization or institution with which any author may be affiliated.
Read Terms of Use