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Maggie’s Farm links to The Talking Cure: Sometimes it makes things worse, by Max Boot

Mr. Boot carefully scrutinizes the generally unfavorable results of political summit meetings.  In so doing, he highlights the dangerous foreign policy naivete of Senator Obama.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/25 at 02:48 PM
  1. The piece by Max Boot is actually a formal review of two books, "Six Meetings that Shaped the Twentieth Century," by David Reynolds, and "Nixon and Mao, The Week that Changed the World" by Margaret Macmillan.

    While Mr. Boot makes a passing reference to Obama, he hardly "highlights the dangerous foreign policy naivety of Senator Obama."

    But to give credit to Boot's review, these thoughtful books do detail how in many past summit meetings, the western side has come out on the short end of the stick.

    One recent example of such an outcome was in June of 2001 when George Bush met with Vladimir Putin in Slovenia. "I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul," said George. After swooning, George affectionately named his new buddy, "Pootie Poot."

    Somehow, I have the sense that Obama is less likely to embarrass America by giving someone like Cesar Chavez a cutsie nickname.

    Both books should, by all means, be on the reading list of the next president.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  06/25  at  08:36 PM
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