It’s official: our foreign policy has devolved to singing.
Having found our previous #hashtag foreign policy no longer effective we’ve moved on to a different course of action. It consists of springing old pop songs, and old pop song purveyors, on both our friends and enemies in order to express our heartfelt concern and whoa, whoa, whoa feelings. I can only presume that the intended end game is sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya. No word from Iran just yet on when that might occur.
In a piece titled “That time John Kerry got James Taylor to sing ‘You’ve got a friend’ to France.” even the Washington Post seemed to question the efficacy of this new tactic.
As you know, In what is arguably the regime’s most cringe inducing video of the year - so far - Jean Carré brought an old has-been minstrel who can no longer carry a tune in a lockbox to serenade our French allies. Suffice it to say neither optics nor audio were good.
WaPo commenters were brutal, saying it looked like a parody of a SNL parody. Others saw it as proof that "don't do stupid stuff" is no longer our foreign policy. Someone even wondered why we hadn’t dispatched Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) instead – which I understand was actually under consideration, butt unfortunately he’s still on the “no fly” list. Too bad, because Peace Train might have better communicated our ultimate goal.
Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
The only thing more fun than watching Jean Carré’s awkward humming along with sweet Baby James will be watching the next State Department briefing to see how Marie Harf explains it.
And more good news for the world! Big Guy tells us that “violent extremism” is not an existential threat (unless you’re talking about those dangerous Tea Party extremists). BO’s sidekick, David Cameron’s department of state must not be as well informed as ours as he continues to refer to the politicized totalitarian ideology that is threatening Western civilization as “Islamist terrorists.”
Big Guy’s other memorable point from the joint presser yesterday was his advice to Europe to not respond to this “violent extremism” with “a hammer.” Hey! That reminds me of a folksong! Too bad Mary Travers passed away (RIP) or we could send Peter Paul and Mary to serenade Iran while Congress wrestles with what sanctions to impose to address their growing nuclear threat.
If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land
It's the hammer of Justice,
It's the bell of Freedom,