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The Problem With Big Speeches at High Altitude


George Shultz once facetiously (but correctly) quipped that when you don’t have a policy, the pressure grows to give a speech.
Coherent policy or not, words really are important — particularly if you’re the secretary of state in charge of the diplomatic vision that defines the department. Still, the rhetoric needs to be anchored in reality, both in seeing the world the way it is and the way you eventually want it to be.
Reading John Kerry’s words at Davos last week at the World Economic Forum (WEF), however, started me thinking about the relationship between rhetoric and reality.
Kerry’s speech offered up …read more

Source: Foreign Policy

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