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In the New York Review of Books

William Pfaff's ought to be a household name in the United States. I believe that he reflects our best traits: pragmatic, clear-eyed, constructively self-interested, and - not a widespread trait, although it is not uncommon - able to understand how we might appear to others. Mr Pfaff does not see what he wants to see; he is not about to tell you what you want to hear. You wouldn't want your doctor or your lawyer to mislead you, however sweetly, and you ought to expect the same leveling from your political analysts.

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Thank you for the link. I realized I needed to sit down and read it as opposed to a scan when I came upon the part in which Condoleeza Rice suggested abandoning balance of power between sovereign states....
Somehow this impudence escaped me at the time it was suggested.

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