Politics in Chicago allow a citizen of the city only two options: He can capitulate in prostrate servility to the monolithic power structure or, in a trademark understatement by the late Chicago journalist Mike Royko, he will feel bad in the morning. If he wakes up at all.
It is the above style of strong-armed, zero-sum, take-no-prisoners, absolutist "statecraft" that has been applied first to the nation and now the world. The sort that Hillary Clinton is practicing on the international stage.
On the same day that she threatened the two permanent members of the UN Security Council in the manner described, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued a threat of his own - to Syria - stating:
"It goes without saying that Turkey can count on NATO. NATO is of course prepared to defend Turkey if it is so necessary."
Clinton's latest provocation follows closely on the heels of another, her accusing Russia last month of supplying attack helicopters to the Syrian government to "escalate the conflict quite dramatically." (1)
Her style of abrasive, brazen, dogmatic, Manichean "diplomacy" is best indicated by a statement she made in 2001, after leaving the White House where as First Lady she was fond of employing the imperial we (as in "we are the president") and reviving the once-discredited practice of carpetbagging in becoming a U.S. senator from New York.
Two days after the attacks of September 11, she told Dan Rather of CBS News:
"Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price."
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