MUSCLE BOUND….Rosa Brooks comments on Joe Lieberman’s call for a Democrat with a “strong and muscular” foreign policy:
I’m as fond of “strong and muscular” as the next girl, but not as the measure of US foreign policy. To paraphrase Zbigniew Brzezinksi, we need to resist efforts to frame policy debates in terms of strong versus weak, or hard versus soft power: the real question is whether we’re going to be smart, or stupid. I don’t know about Joe, but I’ll take smart over stupid any day of the week.
Actually, I think the hard power vs. soft power distinction is a useful one, but point taken anyway. As Barack Obama said of the Iraq war back in 2002, “I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.”