Friday, October 05, 2007

What power?

Fred Hiatt at the Washington Post has sparked quite an exchange today in Post Global, with his piece arguing that the U.S. should let China know it has a choice: a friendly regime in Burma, or a successful Olympics next year. This precipitated a detailed response in opposition from James Fallows, The Atlantic’s correspondent in China.

Both men provide compelling arguments, but this discussion raises a broader question about American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War: if we are unwilling to speak with our adversaries, and we are unwilling to coerce our friends, what power does the United States have left?

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