"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Leaking Diplomacy

(From Bob Mankoff’s New Yorker newsletter.)

Bob Mankoff’s View:

The disclosure of the State Department’s cable traffic shows that behind the façade of diplomacy was a brutal frankness in the assessment of foreign officials. (Read more serious coverage of WikiLeaks.) That lesson may shock some, but it’s old news to New Yorker cartoonists such as Bob Weber, who drew this in 1986:

And Alan Dunn, the most prolific of all New Yorker cartoonists (at his death in 1975, Dunn was just shy of two thousand cartoons), doubted whether great strategic thought guides international relations:

Diplomats and their doings have generally not been held in high regard by our cartoonists. Take Ed Fisher:

In the past, however, the main complaint was not about their diplomatic skills, but that they flout rules that the rest of us must follow:

Happily, this immunity never extended to laughter.


This is a copy of Bob Mankoff’s newsletter from The New Yorker.

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