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May 16, 2008

Dear Mr. President
Posted by Shawn Brimley

Sir, I thought you should be aware that your conflation of diplomacy with appeasement continues to undermine America's position in the world. The definitions of both words follow:

Diplomacy: The art or practice of conducting international relations, as in negotiating alliances, treaties, and agreements.

Appeasement: The policy of granting concessions to potential enemies to maintain peace.

The exercise of diplomacy is not a concession, and does not constitute appeasement.

Respectfully, Shawn.


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Paying off so called insurgents and militias and claiming it as "surge" success. Now that is appeasement!

Well said.

I'd even go so far to say that the occasional concession to potential enemies isn't necessarily a bad idea under all circumstances even if there isn't necessarily reciprocity. It moves into the consistently a bad idea camp when the concessions are large in scale such as allowing annexation of large chunks of other countries.

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