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Flawless Analogy: Jerry Maguire is America and Other Countries are Rod Tidwell

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From the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs comes an article from SecDef Robert Gates which boils down to telling other countries to “Help me help you. HELP ME… HELP YOU!”

Select quotes:

From Anglo-American relations: “It dates back to the period before the United States entered World War II, when Winston Churchill famously said, ‘Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.’ Through the Lend-Lease program, the United States sent some $31 billion worth of supplies (in 1940s dollars) to the United Kingdom over the course of the war.”

The Hybrid Diplomat also took a lot of slack from Graham over at Automatic Ballpoint for including development as one of the three Ds in this blog, but the SecDef continues, “I never miss an opportunity to call for more funding for diplomacy and development and for a greater emphasis on civilian programs.”

And for the State Department to continue to be relevant: “any government decision in this area should reinforce the State Department’s leading role in crafting and conducting U.S. foreign policy, including the provision of foreign assistance, of which building security capacity is a key part. Proper coordination procedures will ensure that urgent requirements for military capacity building do not undermine the United States’ overarching foreign policy priorities.”

“Helping other countries better provide for their own security will be a key and enduring test of U.S. global leadership and a critical part of protecting U.S. security, as well.”

You, America, are hanging on by a very thin thread and I DIG THAT ABOUT YOU!!!


Written by hybriddiplomat

May 17, 2010 at 23:07