Diplomacy is not always pretty and much of the work of diplomats is misrepresented and politicized but it is absolutely essential to keep the world at peace.
- Diplomacy doesn't always look pretty or neat, but it is absolutely an antidote to and an alternative to military intervention.
- There are some fundamental misunderstandings about what diplomats do around the world that have been exploited by politicians of both parties.
- One of the consequences of sidelining diplomacy is you see a lot more of the work that was once the domain of diplomats coming out of the Pentagon and the CIA, with negotiations dictated by the industrial military complex.
Renowned linguist and public intellectual MIT Professor Noam Chomsky offers his take on the Trump administration and its troubles with Russia.