Obama’s Sudanese Diplomatic Policy; Milk and Cookies

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“The Washington Post reports, ‘U.S. diplomacy has remained mostly in the hands of one man, Obama’s special envoy to Sudan, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, who is pushing for normalizing relations with the only country in the world led by a president indicted for war crimes.’

Gration’s money quote: ‘We’ve got to think about giving out cookies,’ said Gration, who was appointed in March. ‘Kids, countries, they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes, agreements, talk, engagement.’”

Stringing and Strowing says: As kids, we exercised the “Milk and Cookies” diplomatic policy every Christmas eve. Little did we know that “Santa’s” plan was little affected by our zeal to coerce that extra gift under the tree.

This approach to foreign policy is not only juvenile but ultimately ineffective. This guy appears to believe the USA is Santa and everyone else is waiting for Christmas morning. I see the opposite. Gration would have us put out the milk and cookies in hope that graciousness (as opposed to power and might) will persuade the desired result.

Newsflash Gration: Santa doesn’t come down the chimney, he has no magic reindeers, and he’s probably sleeping it off in a recliner in the basement. Wake up.

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