Thursday, June 22, 2006

Negotiating With Tyrants 

Now that my almost-teenager is out of school for the summer, I have many more opportunities to interact with her on such important issues as waking up, cleaning room, doing household chores and the like. It strikes me that her negotiating tactics are very similar to those used by Iran and North Korea, e.g., change the subject, create a distraction, agree and don't perform, agree and perform, but do a lousy job.

Maybe we could make more headway with the two remaining members of the Axis of Evil by treating them like eighth-graders, instead of rational nations. Maybe we're consulting the wrong people on how to deal with them--instead of the analysts and diplomats at the State Department and foreign ministries of our allies, perhaps we should be consulting with people who understand how to deal with the middle school mentality.

John Rosemond, how'd you like a new gig?

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