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A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its RenewalBook - 2019 | First edition
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The Iraqi invasion was the original sin. It was born of hubris, as well as failure of imagination and process.
..., it reflected a general pot - 9/11 habit of viewing diplomacy as an afterthought - as the halftime show, not the main event.
The Bremer led Coalition Provisional Authority was a curious amalgam of American hubris: ingenuity, courage, and wishful thinking.
Short of war, diplomacy is the main instrument we employ to manage foreign relations, reduce external risks, and exploit opportunities to advance our security and prosperity.
... was how to adjust to a world in which American dominance was fading, in part due to structural forces, and in part due to our own grievous missteps.
The disconnect has grown between a disillusioned American public and the conceits of a Washington establishment and often undisciplined in its policy choices and inattentive to the need to explain plainly the practiced value of American leadership in the world.
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