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Not Appeasement: How to change the way the world views US war efforts

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): Shelby Steele

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Topic: International relations (Diplomacy)

Keywords: Foreign Policy; International Relations

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

As the world sees it, America tends to dash off to war without moral authority. After a Democratic debate in the Fall of 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama proclaimed that were he to become president, he would talk directly even to America’s worst enemies. Few Americans would be comfortable with direct talks between our president and extremist leaders such as Ahmadinejad. Would such talks ever be a good idea?

This essay appeared in the Wall Street Journal on November 26, 2007.