Bolton Explains Diplomacy 101

At CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) this morning John Bolton gave a tour de force survey of the world’s hot spots and the Obama administration’s initial moves. Bolton reminded us that Clinton suggested that human rights would have been on the table in her discussions with China, but that she “already knew what they were going to say.” Therefore, she had concluded, there was nothing to be gained by raising a topic which would only “interfere” with potential progress on other topics. Bolton made the key point: what happened to the affection for engagement and discussion? Isn’t that the entire point of Obama’s critique of the Bush administration — that they were insufficiently appreciative of the value of diplomacy and talk?

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