Worth 1000 words
Age of Pericles pens a scathing critique of "smart power". It is well worth the read for all it would be better we live in a world where these ideas were so obvious they could be left unsaid. Revealing too for an image of Persia's nominal leader*. Our adversaries are rabid neo-Nazis, psychopaths and mental defectives.
In Iran's case, it's a hat trick.
Theoretically, "smart power" is supposed to encourage other nations to aid the United States in international conflicts and create brotherhood. ... In an obnoxiously smug ivory tower kind of way, it's true; however, recent experience proves that smart power must be exercised upon a reasonable constituency. That is to say, begging a regime so blatantly disrespectful of international institutions to supplicate to more of the same strongly-worded UN letters isn't smart. In fact, it's just plain dumb. Furthermore, the "power of ideals" might work well in a culturally-barren society begging for an identity. Unfortunately, religious leaders in the Middle East have already found a common cause, and it's pretty much at loggerheads with everything the West has done, ever.
* An image at odds with the lamestream media's picture of the man as an Iranian Kennedy. That isn't a president; it's a mug shot.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 24, 2009 07:24 AM