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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Soft Power 

My friend David sent me this article on "soft power" and it's import in the war on terror.

This is a well articulated writing that expounds upon my fears about sqaundering political capital worldwide through waging unpopular (and in my view, unnecessary) wars against states that may (or may not) sponsor terrorism.

I recognize that soft power has limits, and must be used in concert with hard power (or at least the believable threat thereof)...but read the article and it helps explain my issues with the current focus on military force as the primary (or only) means of fighting the threat that terrorism poses.

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