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Why Tough Is Not Enough in Foreign Policy

I grew up in the rural Midwest, the youngest of four siblings.

I worked farm jobs, played sports, and never wore shoes as a kid.

  • Margaret Seymour
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute

As an adult, I joined the Marine Corps and became an ultra-runner, eventually running across the country in 99 days.

I understand the utility of toughness.

So, I’m naturally drawn to leaders who are “tough,” resilient in their values, and persistent in their approach.

I’ve admired Harry Truman, Abraham Lincoln, Margaret Thatcher, praised their accomplishments, and championed political policy that mirrors their tough approaches.

I’m certainly not the only…

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