"Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country."
Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) American Civil War soldier, humorist, writer
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When I was young, Bierce made me smile. Not lately.
 -- David L. Rosenthal     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
    ... and its not even humorous, to say nothing of completely inaccurate. Would that I could give it a negitive 5 stars...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Not always true, but certainly has been in the last six years.
     -- EGL, LA     
    Maybe, but still better than invading a country without it.
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    Right, diplomacy will end starvation in Darfur. Look how well the talks have progressed.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I would say diplomacy is the art of talking incessantly until war is inevitable; and it is seldom patriotic.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Couldn't have said it better Ken. Too see diplomacy at its best visit the U.N. That is where the most corrupt people in the world gather. The most corrupt are rewarded with leadership positions. Countries like the US are treated like enemy combatants because we expect people and the countries they represent to honor their commitments and to seek justice.
     -- warren, olathe     
    i htink needs to be more insightful to others opinoins and not just his own
     -- nessa, texas     
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