America Can’t Be Trusted Anymore

It’s hard to be powerful when nobody believes a word you say

Foreign Policy
Apr 11, 2018 · 8 min read
An actor portrays President George Washington as he poses for a selfie with visitors at the Mount Vernon Estate on Feb. 22, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

By Stephen M. Walt

One of the most overused cliches in contemporary U.S. diplomacy is Ronald Reagan’s invocation of a Russian proverb: “Trust but Verify.” Originally used in the context of the Cold War, it conveyed that Washington should be willing to reach agreements with its…

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