Soft Power

The weekend saw more and more commentary on the Wolfowitz nomination, including this piece from Oxford Analytica, which included the comment:

Wolfowitz’s nomination follows that of Condoleezza Rice as U.S. secretary of state and John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.–trusted confidantes from Bush’s first term who are being moved into positions from which they can orchestrate U.S. “soft power” in support of the war on terror.

The phrase ‘soft power’ was probably the phrase I was looking for in this post and this certainly seems a more compelling argument than that of those who believe that Bush sending his top people into these international bodies is supposed to symbolise a new commitment to the international system. If he really had that commitment, he has enough other close associates who would be more warmly received.


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