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Go to the People? Tom, are you kidding?

By Shane Joseph, published on Feb 18, 2013

I recently read an article by respected journalist and author Thomas L Friedman in which he advocates that the incoming Secretary of State break all the rules of diplomacy, leverage social networks and go direct to the people of foreign states, and have them agitate for change over the heads of their leaders. At first thought, this looked like a breakthrough idea; then I got nervous when I considered the consequences.

I have been a great fan of Mr. Friedman, reading most of his books and articles. I admire his travels through hostile regions of the world and his powers of observation.... (more)

Tags: america, world, state, secretary, democratic, diplomacy, west, thomas, friedman, flat, wild, civilized, out-of-the-box

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