American Elephants


Something’s Rotten in Denmark—U.S. Foreign Affairs by The Elephant's Child

An oldie that’s been around, but a worthwhile reminder that people notice your carelessness.

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Apart from varying the phrasing, what else can he say to each of our strong and close allies, none of which we would want to offend by implying that some other country is THE strongest and closest ally? For proof of that, note how the Danish reporter picks out “we’re not one of the strongest and closest, only ‘great’.” It’s like that in diplomacy, and I suspect if somebody had put together a montage of statements by either of the Bush’s or by Clinton, they would find a similar use of identical phrasing in talking about our allies.

There is no excuse for his repeated use of the phrase, “punches above its weight”, however.

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