Hashtag Diplomacy?

Have America’s top leaders seriously resorted to hashtagging as a tenet of foreign policy?

It seems so…

Under the numerous verbal warnings to Vladimir Putin by President Obama and the State Department, American foreign policy has been reduced to less than formidable attempts to force our foes to act based on Twitter trends. This is evident of the failure of leadership that has come from the administration as a whole.

Who can forget the red line with Syria? Bashar al Assad used chemical weapons, and President Obama vowed to act with or without Congress if necessary. When the time came to consider action in Syria, Congress did not favor it, and suddenly Obama erased his red line and claimed he never made it.

Now we come to an increasingly aggressive Russia invading and annexing Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, now lurking on the border hungry for more. The absence of action backing up promises on Syria gave Vladimir Putin the ease of mind that if he invaded Ukraine that the Obama administration would not have the spine to tell him to act otherwise (though our role in the region remains an issue on which many American disagree).

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki’s pathetic attempt to play at Putin’s heartstrings resulted in Twitter making a mockery of her and the United States foreign policy at large (including from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

And now that Michelle Obama has promoted the #BringBackOurGirls line, Twitter has once again made hash of this hashtag foreign policy.

This “hashtag diplomacy” spawned the #ReplaceGunWithHashtag” trend.

https://twitter.com/CandiLissa/status/464514612730138624

https://twitter.com/Artist_Angie/status/464470467353403393

(The internet is not as forgiving as one might think).

What this demonstrates is nothing more than weak leadership, and weak leaders embolden evil men abroad.

The proverbial saying, “The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” rings truer than ever. This quote is often attributed to Edmund Burke, though it is thought to be done so erroneously.

Nonetheless, the message rings true. Either one must actually stand up to evil men, or bow to them. A hashtag is hardly a stand against American foes.

Originally published on Red Millennial.


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