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Book Review, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power & the Necessity of Military Force by Eliot Cohen

“Power is the ability to get people to do things that they would not otherwise do. It implies purposiveness – the ability to make things happen.” 1,819 more words

BREAKING NEWS:   NATO Is No Longer Obsolete!

Wow.   We sure didn’t see that one coming. This is truly one of the great revelations of the entire Trump presidency, right up there with newly declassified information that shows that healthcare is complicated.

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The effectiveness of soft power as the tool in achieving a country's national interests in international relations as what happens in the United States

Soft power can be as the effective tools in order to achieve the national interest of a country in the context of international relations, because as we know, the sources of soft power itself not just based on the culture of a country that can attract some people in order to achieve its national interests, but it can be with other ways, such as by enhancing its political values and its foreign policies. 1,118 more words

Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages, and obsessions in The Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories and fever swamps, March 18-31, 2017

Fifth Column

rhetorical claim: Every day brings new evidence that today’s media are engaged in clandestine fifth column activities involving journalistic acts of sabotage, media malfeasance, blatant disinformation or media espionage conducted by secret sympathizers. 1,167 more words


Trump Is Hurting the Pentagon!  (By Giving It Too Much Money)

W.J. Astore

Anyone who’s been in the military knows what happens as the end of a fiscal year approaches: wild spending.  Any money that’s left in your budget must be spent, if only to justify next year’s budgetary appropriation.  421 more words

US Politics

Day 18 - Pay attention!

Dear President Trump:

The Daily Lectionary readings are about paying attention.

In the Old Testament reading, God chastises a “foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear.” They do not fear God and fail to defend the rights of the needy — while becoming “great and rich” and growing “fat and sleek” themselves. 340 more words

President Trump


The United States and European Union are allied, yet locked in an uneasy power play for the last century. While the US has traditionally employed a strong focus on military to reach its goals, Europe has conventionally used a softer approach. 1,374 more words