Finally, a Definition of ‘Smart Power’: Soft + Hard = Smart

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

You have got to be kidding me.

While Clinton has supported the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a pullback from Iran’s effort to develop a nuclear weapon, she said in a recent speech that she remains “skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver. I have seen their behavior over the years. But this is a development that is worth testing.”

“We want to give space for diplomacy to work,” she said (soft power). “If it does not, then we can always and we will, put on additional sanctions … and yes, we will explore every other option. And let’s be clear, every other option does remain on the table.” (hard power).

In short, soft + hard = smart, and it could be one of Clinton’s most enduring doctrines and legacies of her leadership at the State Department in the early years of the 21st century.

Oof. That’s Lanny Davis, in case you couldn’t figure out which Clinton lapdog authored that nonsense. All we now have is an image of Clinton next to her husband with a caption above them ID’ing them as soft and hard. Just saying.

Speaking of nonsense, in rebuttal to today’s devastating clip of whereby an MSNBC panel couldn’t identify a single accomplishment by Mrs. Clinton, the clowns from David Brock’s American Bridge to Nowhere whipped out their pre-packaged Clinton talking points to remind us what a richly awesome legacy she left behind. Yes, really.

And it is glorious. Remarkably, this is one of the “achievements”:

Secretary Clinton worked to build the coalition to oust Qadhafi and stop massacres in Libya. As the Washington Post reported upon the end of NATO operations in Libya, “U.S. officials and key allies are offering a detailed new defense of the approach and Clinton’s pivotal role – both within a divided Cabinet and a fragile, assembled-on-the-fly international alliance. What emerges from these accounts is a picture of Clinton using her mixture of political pragmatism and tenacity to referee spats among NATO partners, secure crucial backing from Arab countries and tutor rebels on the fine points of message management.”

Meanwhile, as the retread ironically spoke at a recycling convention today some woman hurled what reportedly was a shoe at The Pantsuit.

A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech.

The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage Thursday at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about the incident.

This immediately reminded her of her war years.

We’re so old we remember the left in paroxysms of hysterical laughter when the Iraqi guy tossed a shoe at George W. Bush. We doubt they’ll find the humor in this incident.

Update, via Twitchy, she shriveled up as the shoe came her way:

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