THE NEW DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE….In an aside about the ISG report, Suzanne Nossel remarks:
In arguing for a “diplomatic offensive” (personally I would leave out the offensive part)….
The official name of this part of the report’s recommendations is “New Diplomatic Offensive,” in caps, and I’ll bet the word “offensive” was chosen with utmost care. It’s a way of recommending squishy, dovish negotiations without sounding squishy and dovish. The message is: these are going to manly negotiations, practically a continuation of the war itself. They will be negotiations even a man from Texas can embrace.
Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they hired Frank Luntz to focus group the phrase. Somebody ought to ask him.