In new book, Bond embraces ‘smart power’
Missouri Sen. Kit Bond doesn’t often seem to be on message with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it comes to foreign policy. But in his new book on Southeast Asia, the outgoing lawmaker is touting the "smart power" approach. "I believe the best defense we have against future attacks is to build strong friendships ...
Missouri Sen. Kit Bond doesn't often seem to be on message with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it comes to foreign policy. But in his new book on Southeast Asia, the outgoing lawmaker is touting the "smart power" approach.
Missouri Sen. Kit Bond doesn’t often seem to be on message with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it comes to foreign policy. But in his new book on Southeast Asia, the outgoing lawmaker is touting the "smart power" approach.
"I believe the best defense we have against future attacks is to build strong friendships with the moderate people and governments of the region," Bond said at a private reception held late last week to unveil the volume, entitled The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam, "We can do this — in part — by exercising Smart Power. Smart Power is using a combination of military power, and economic, diplomatic and humanitarian initiatives. Smart Power recognizes that before a person can choose his politics, he must have enough to eat, and a safe community in which to live."
Bond wrote the book, which has been in the works for five years, with unlikely coauthor Lewis Simons, a 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner. He and Bond "are about as far apart on the political spectrum as you can get," Bond said.
The fact that Bond gave credit to Simons for his contribution shows that he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Clinton on everything.
Also attending the soirée were such bigwigs as Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s top Republican Richard Lugar, R-IN, U.S. Institute of Peace President Richard Solomon, Australian Amb. Dennis Richardson, and Singapore’s Amb. Chan Heng Chee.
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