Fox News strategic analyst, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, has scored a bull’s-eye with his recent thoughts on the real problem facing America in the conduct of foreign policy.
In a piece in the New York Post titled “Why our prep-school diplomats fail against Putin and ISIS,” Peters more than effectively makes the case as to why the U.S. keeps getting its lunch eaten in dealings with tyrants. Writes Peters:
Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?
The answer is straightforward:
Social insularity: Our leaders know fellow insiders around the world; our enemies know everyone else.
The mandarin’s distaste for physicality: We are led through blood-smeared times by those who’ve never suffered a bloody nose.