Ramirez on “smart power”
posted at 8:05 am on March 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
No Obamateurism for today — our President hasn’t been trying enough the past week — but instead I’ll offer this excellent entry by one of America’s best editorial cartoonists, Michael Ramirez of Investors Business Daily. In fact, this is a follow-up on a couple of recent Obamateurisms concerning Barack Obama’s handling of American diplomacy. While Obama talks about offering an open hand to those nations hostile to the US, Obama seems to be only offering a solitary finger to an American ally surrounded by hostile enemies:
The line from The Godfather advises people to keep their friends close but their enemies closer. In this case, Obama’s attempting to keep our enemies close but our friends distant, and not just the Israelis. The British are now openly talking about the end of the “special relationship,” the Anglo-American alliance that has kept the free world safe and secure for seven decades. This isn’t “smart power” — it’s a dumb debacle.
Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.
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