If the United States had followed "smart power" policies, the Berlin wall would not only be standing, but someone would probably be selling space on our side of the wall for advertising posters. If you accept the idea of the legitimacy of the wall why not take advantage of it and make a few bucks?
Americans should be very wary of slogans that sound good instead of forthright declarations concerning foreign policy. As implementer of President Obama's foreign policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is faced with the task of arranging for dialogues with national leaders who don't like us -- or have even stated their determination to bring us to our knees -- without making any preconditions.
For starters, under that "smart power" policy Barack Obama will sit across the negotiating table with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, who is busy making plans to rain down a nuclear holocaust on Israel.
Based on the past performance of her husband's administration, "smart power" meant allowing the terrorists to attack the U.S. destroyer Cole, kill American troops in Somalia, attack the World Trade Center, and allow Osama bin Laden to go unpunished when we had the opportunity to kill or capture him, without doing anything about those outrages.
That, Madame Secretary-designate, is not smart power. It's abysmal stupidity.