Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Words backed by Action.

Wretchard over at the Belmont Club hits one out of the park again.

He notes President Bush's comments to Syria about withdrawal from Lebanon and similarly notes the President's comments regarding the IRA.

Wretchard notes then how doubtlessly Kofi Annan and British MPs could probably say the same things much more eloquently. BUT Wretchard notes the comments from Annan and the anonymous British MP would not carry the same precious meaning. His post ends with a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, yes you guessed it: speak softly and carry a big stick.

Clausewitz noted something similar. He stated diplomacy without the valid possibility of the use of force is like a toothless dog barking.

This is the type of diplomacy that caused Libya to drop its WMD programs.