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Fat Chance Diplomacy

7:00 AM -- "Anti-Americanism prompts push for 'citizen diplomacy' " trumpets the Reuters headline:

    With anti-American sentiment at unprecedented levels around the world, Americans worried about their country's low standing are pushing a grassroots campaign to change foreign perceptions of the United States "one handshake at a time."

    The idea is to turn millions of Americans into "citizen diplomats" who use personal meetings with foreigners to counter the ugly image of the United States shown in a series of international public opinion polls...

    Parallel to the grassroots effort to spread the message that there is more to the United States than wars, superpower arrogance and tourists clad in shorts, a business-backed group called Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA) is lining up corporate support for public diplomacy by business travelers.

    BDA, whose board includes executives from Exxon and McDonald's, last May began distributing a "World Citizen's Guide" to corporate travelers with 16 tips to change the behavior patterns that have earned Americans a boorish reputation in the first place.

    [Previously discussed in this space: Well, Duh]

    This is not a philanthropic mission. "American companies should care about America's standing in the world, first of all, because sooner or later anti-Americanism is bad for business," BDA President Keith Reinhard said at the Washington meeting. "Corporate America needs a world that welcomes and values American brands. Unfortunately, this is becoming less and less true."
Ah, yes. Forget about those silly wars, that laughable "superpower arrogance." More handshakes. More McDonald's. And long pants for tourists, by all means.

Problem solved.

— Larry, Grassroots Monkey, Light Reading

Michael Harris 12/5/2012 | 3:47:02 AM
re: Fat Chance Diplomacy Very clever strategy. Any baby kissing advice to go with the glad-handing approach to politics? Another tip could be for Americans, before departing, to learn the phrase "Sorry our president is a bozo" in the native language of their destination country. Since, Americans cannot possibly be expected to actually learn a second language, consult Babelfish (http://babelfish.altavista.com) for a quick translation. Heading to the Netherlands? Babelfish says "Droevig is onze voorzitter een idiot" will be of help with that handshake.
sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:47:02 AM
re: Fat Chance Diplomacy How about just slapping a maple leaf sticker on your briefcase?
blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 3:47:00 AM
re: Fat Chance Diplomacy Funny but I so don't miss the days of having to go overseas and be embarrassed about the fact that my President was embroiled in sex scandals, accused of having committed sexual battery, that he committed war crimes in bombing civilians in Iraq right before his impeachment trial, the fact that he engaged in passive aggressive behavior at home because he was afraid of his wife, that he allowed hundreds of thousands of people to be slaughtered in Africa and that he did absolutely nothing when US citizens and soldiers were murdered in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Tanzania, etcGǪ.

But, if you are a Europhile Liberal then I guess that dumb Texan and anyone else who doesnGÇÖt share your pseudo enlightened view of the world isn't going to be your cup of mochacino


Michael Harris 12/5/2012 | 3:46:59 AM
re: Fat Chance Diplomacy But, if you are a Europhile Liberal then I guess that dumb Texan and anyone else who doesnGÇÖt share your pseudo enlightened view of the world isn't going to be your cup of mochacino

Never said George was dumb. Bill was a bozo too. America can do far better than its last two presidents.
DZED 12/5/2012 | 3:46:55 AM
re: Fat Chance Diplomacy 'But, if you are a Europhile Liberal then I guess that dumb Texan and anyone else who doesnGÇÖt share your pseudo enlightened view of the world isn't going to be your cup of mochacino'

Please don't be surprised if we don't take a retarded redneck with a rich Daddy and a messiah complex too seriously.

BJ Bill was also a bozo and probably a war criminal. Actually I can't think of a recent US President who wasn't.
blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 3:46:55 AM
re: Fat Chance Diplomacy Your comments about POTS #43 are the same invective that the left throws about this guy and for all of the claims of his stupidity, he understands reality a whole lot better than most liberals do. While I disagree stongly with his expansion of government programs and entitlement spending as well as his refusal to take any type of leadership position on immigration policy, GWB does not believe in appeasement, bogus UN diplomacy and showing weakness in the face of the enemies of the US. After 8 years of ineffective (or non) response to attacks against the US we have a group of people in office who aren't willing to bend over any more.

Theocracy??? Show me proof that it exists. (Meanwhile, Hillary and Obama are out there talking up faith and Joe Biden on television stated that too many people in his party look down their noses on people of faith)

Big Oil? Show me proof that the Oil industry runs the WH when the left refuses to allow drilling off shore and in Alaska which does nothing but limit supply and keep prices high.

Civil Liberties? Show me how that has been impacted in this country besides the rights of muslim extremists to talk to their friends and family in AQ, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah?
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