Powell and [Deputy Secretary of State] Armitage understood that the White House saw the State Department and its diplomats as appeasers. Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice to some extent, would not allow State to engage in diplomacy because diplomacy was considered a weakness. "Their idea of diplomacy," Armitage said to to Powell once, "is to say, 'Look fucker, you do what we want.'"
Monday, February 12, 2007
Look, fucker, you do what we want.
summarizes, according to Dick Armitage, the Bush philosophy of diplomacy, according to Woodward's State of Denial: