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Roger Whitcomb: Americans have long distrusted diplomacy

Roger Whitcomb: Americans have long distrusted diplomacy

The outburst of criticisms engendered by the recently concluded nuclear weapons negotiations with the Iranian government clearly illustrates a persistent problem that continues to plague American foreign policy decision-making. To put it bluntly, we Americans have long had a deep-seated distrust of diplomacy. How else, for example, can former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments about these negotiations "leading Israel to the oven's door" be best understood? Americans think of solving problems rather than living with them. We find compromise an unnatural alternative to victory. These attitudes are a reflection of our country's historic frontier mentality, the cult...

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