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Applying George W. Bush to Everyday Life
By Kevin Leu • 9:12:00 PM • • Comments : 14
It was great news to hear today that France had brokered a peace agreement between Georgia and Russia - who were mired in war. It's also a shame to know that George W's policies and actions would never have rendered such an outcome. By publicly calling out Russia's actions as 'unacceptable' and demanding they withdraw their troops, W has followed a tactic he's used throughout his presidency that has further diminished our standing in the world. France, on the other hand, went in and behind the scenes worked on something called 'diplomacy'.
Let's go in and apply W's tactics in everyday situations that we can all relate. Mind you, he publicly called three countries, North Korea, Iran and Iraq, the 'Axis of Evil'. W likes to reprimand and try and embarrass countries in the public. So think back to your Elementary school days (congratulations if you are in Elementary school and reading this - I could barely read), let's say the biggest, strongest and richest kid in the school called the three trouble-makers in the school 'punks' (see 'Axis of Evil'). What do you think these three kids are going to do? Stand down, and try and clean up their act?
These are kids with their own personalities, their own friends (allies), and their own family members (constituents). Not saying their trouble-making actions are acceptable, but there is no way in heck they will go back to their friends and family and take being called a 'punk'. It's just going to make them more resilient. By no means will they challenge the strongest kid to a fight, but they will do everything in their power to undermine the authority of the self-appointed school hall monitor (see W). They may call him names (see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) or ignore him (see Kim Jong Il), but they surely are not going to go out like a 'punk' in front of their friends and family. Everyone has their pride and honor and you CANNOT and should not take that away from them in a public forum.
For the school hall monitor, the only other option is to beat the kids up (see Saddam Hussein). Can the hall monitor beat everyone up? Maybe. But sooner or later, you find some kids that are almost as big, strong, and rich as you are (see Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao). It's going to be harder to beat everyone up and half the school is beginning to tire of the well-intentioned hall monitor's act. Sooner or later, when you threaten and make demands from people who have their own strong personality, you start to be seen as the bully yourself. No kid in school wants one of their classmates telling them what to do and calling them out over the PA system.
France (see Nicolas Sarkozy), on the other hand, (a**holes they may be), was the kid who got along with the jocks, nerds, stoners - wasn't the biggest, strongest, or richest, but respected everybody. As such, the tweener kid went in and talked to the other kids, related, brought in some of the 'punk's' friends, reached mutual ground and probably presented scenarios that would be bad for all. This was done subtly, diplomatically, and tactfully - never escalating the situation into what could have turned into a cold-war and, worse case scenario, an epic after school fight between the two big kids and their friends.
W didn't have to tell the world he's the strongest kid in school - it's a well-known fact. You think Don Corleone needed to tell you what he could do to you? Still, he would sit his enemies down and politely impose his will and make them feel like they were doing him 'a favor'. AND it would be behind closed doors so they wouldn't be embarrassed and 'lose face'. For W it's too late to learn diplomacy. I just hope the next President can lead the world, having learned a thing or two in Elementary school.
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