Saturday, March 7, 2009

More Smart Diplomacy

I guess Smart Diplomacy includes incrediably cheap and thoughtless gifts.

"Mr Brown’s gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President." And what does Obama give? A collection of DVDs of American movies... Yeah.

Is he trying to make Bush look like a savy diplomat?

Well at least Obama hasn't sold out loyal allies in echange for... nothing.
Whatever might be said about Bush era diplomacy, Dubya never sold our allies down the river. Disagreement is one thing; converting such stalwarts as the Czechs and the Poles into bargaining chips is quite another.

Oh. Well that sucks.

And again.

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked.

“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said.

Instead of "reset," Lavrov said the word on the box meant “overcharge.”

Not that Hillary touts the "effort" she put into an obvious failure. Doesn't the State Department have fluent Russian speakers she could have asked?

And the White House's excuse for all this ineptness?
They're swamped.

Told you so.

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