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15 October 2011

Limits of reasonableness

That’s this administration’s problem: It has an obsession with the appearance of reasonableness.

It doesn’t fully appreciate that the threat of force is what encourages reasonableness in many quarters of the globe. Ronald Reagan was happy to negotiate with the Soviets, but he also kept them wondering if he might bomb before breakfast. Teddy Roosevelt spoke softly because he carried a big stick.

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