I would disagree. Diplomatic measures in foreign policy have immeasurable benefits, even if it doesn't seem readily apparent to those back home.
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
Prior to Carter we made cash payments to the mullahs in Iran to keep the Shaw in power. Yes they were through the CIA. Carter believed the mullahs to be Godly men and trustworthy. He ordered the CIA to stop the payments. You know the rest.
Last edited by sawdust; 09-04-13 at 09:56 AM.
If the buck really stopped at the presidents desk, most of them would have been impeached.