Thursday, February 08, 2007

Send in the Marines

From The Washington Post
'There's no doubt in my mind that the dialogue here in Washington strengthens our democracy. Period,' Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee. He added that potential enemies may take some comfort from the rancor but said they 'don't have a clue how democracy works.'
It's striking that a simple, boldly stated assertion can be so effective. Why is it that we are so easily moved by the appearance of strength and confidence? Simply make an assertion, and project lots of strength and confidence when making it, and much of the world will agree with you. I guess it's part of what's called leadership. In this case, I'm glad for what Pace said. But it's unfortunate we make decisions about important issues on the basis of who seems more confident when making assertions.

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