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How English Comp 101 Applies to Foreign Policy

August 26, 2010

In order to express your ideas clearly, you need clear ideas. Remember that from high school English?


During a wide-ranging interview last week, Major General John Campbell, commander of NATO troops in Eastern Afghanistan, lamented the U.S.’s inability to speak clearly and compellingly about its war aims after 10 years of fighting. “We can sell Coke and KFC all over the world,” he said, “but we can’t tell people back home why we’re here.” Nor, apparently, the troops down the road from his Disney Drive office.

This from another good article by Spencer Ackerman, reporting from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Of course, your five paragraph essays did not cost thousands of lives or billions of dollars.

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