The Day Diplomacy Died

There is no secret that I am a liberal….and no I am not talking about some political BS (so you mental midgets on the Right can hold your twisted tongues) in this case I am referring to a theory of international relations which states…..

Liberalism emphasizes that the broad ties among states have both made it difficult to define national interest and decreased the usefulness of military power. Liberalism developed in the 1970s as some scholars began arguing that realism was outdated. Increasing globalization, the rapid rise in communications technology, and the increase in international trade meant that states could no longer rely on simple power politics to decide matters. Liberal approaches to international relations are also called theories of complex interdependence. Liberalism claims the following:

  • The world is a harsh and dangerous place, but the consequences of using military power often outweigh the benefits. International cooperation is therefore in the interest of every state.
  • Military power is not the only form of power. Economic and social power matter a great deal too. Exercising economic power has proven more effective than exercising military power.
  • Different states often have different primary interests.
  • International rules and organizations can help foster cooperation, trust, and prosperity.

That also means that I believe that diplomacy is the best way to deal with conflicts than the use of military might be only the last resort.

The title says “the day diplomacy died” and I use it with good reason…..

The Trump administration is proposing a 37 percent spending cut for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to multiple reports.

U.S. officials say the suggested decrease would likely require laying off employees, including security contractors at diplomatic facilities overseas, The Associated Press said Tuesday.

The AP said development assistance would likely take the biggest hit, citing officials familiar with the proposal.

(thehill.com)

This move will seriously injure the State Department and its efforts internationally.

In essence this could kill any and all diplomatic missions around the globe…..the State Department will not be needed….so turn over all international situations over to the Defense Department…..and we can settle all disputes with our military might.

Without the influence of the US in diplomatic situations the hegemony will go to those that use diplomacy over military……our so-called “exceptionalism” will be greatly diminished.

And not to mention the harm this could do to our national security…….

Source: President Trump’s Proposed Budget Is Bad for U.S. National Security – Center for American Progress

This is all a purposed policy change……we can only hope that sanity will return to the process…..but I have my doubts.

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21 thoughts on “The Day Diplomacy Died

  1. Orwell mentioned the “perpetual war” and moves like this from the Nazi in the White House seem to indicate that Orwell was right.

  2. Everything Trump does or says is catastrophic for the nation. I get that! I understand that! It was the same with Obama. It was the same with Bush. If we are stuck in some dark, tangled horror movie because of President Trump it is because of the ill-informed and politically-unaware comfort seekers and self-gratification seekers who make up the bulk of modern American sub-society.

  3. Strange–I just read this after catching the end of “WarGames.” Seriously, did NOBODY learn anything from that movie? Or Dr. Strangelove? Or any table negotiations that laid everything out so that grievances were aired and healing could begin (South Africa comes to mind). Sheesh–now I’m gonna go out and wear my retro t-shirt with the world map and “The only winning move is not to play” on it.

    1. Too many people miss the need for diplomacy….Realism in international relations is too prevalent where military force is the only answer. chuq

      1. What’s that old saying, “when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail?” We’ve been living in these times far too damned long. No wonder our name is mud. Very prickly, sticky mud, but mud nonetheless.

  4. Potential nightmare policy: “If you don’t give us XXXXX resource in exchange for our aid, we’re going to invade your country, force a regime change and end up taking XXXXX resource anyway.”

    Despite working in the short-term, it NEVER works in the long-term.

  5. Yeah, I absolutely agree. Turning the State Department into a shell is yet another way this clown is going to place the country in jeopardy.

  6. I think Andrew got this right. Aid becomes just another pawn in the world chess game.
    “Aid or Invasion? You choose.”
    Or you might get one followed by the other anyway, depending on our mood.
    Regards, Pete.

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