The use of diplomacy should replace force

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:24 a.m.
When teaching the concept of the president's diplomatic and military powers for 28 years in high school, I described the arena that they operated in as the "world community of nations." The two powers are "symbiotic" if properly used by the president. The Bush White House has refused to recognize this basic premise throughout its pursuit of a stable Iraq. This seems like being in a fight "with one arm tied behind your back!"
Globalization requires increased communication among all factions in the world community, not a flat refusal to have any communication with nations/interests that already have an impact on events in Iraq. Yet President Bush continues to refuse to fully exercise his diplomatic powers and communicate with Iran, Syria, etc., concerning things of mutual interest involving Iraq. In the area of diplomacy the current approach seems to be that we are the bully, when we should be the big brother in the world community. Our nation could then operate from a position of moral/ethical high ground, rather than just military, political and economic power bases.
Why is the Bush White House continuing to have tunnel vision when it comes to the use of diplomacy?
Pete Philbrook, Gainesville

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