by KEVIN CZARZASTY
The following is the first of many micro-commentary on books that foster freedom. The FTCN Blog's goal in covering "FreedomBooks" is to present the basic background and knowledge of liberty-minded books that could serve contemporary politicians and voters. The range of books will vary, but all FreedomBook reviews will have the goal of understanding and defending the Constitutional principles of the United States.
The 21st Century has presented many difficult
tasks to American diplomats. It can be
said that, considering the unprecedented American involvement in international
affairs combined with the tradition of the USA as chief defender of life and liberty,
our diplomats are as challenged�and should be as apt�as ever.
With the mess that is Syria, the embarrassment that is
Benghazi and the limitless war on terror, our stretched State Department could use a look at the principles that guided one of history�s finest statesman: George P. Shultz.
George Shultz was a Marine in the South Pacific during
WWII, earned a Ph.D. in industrial economics from MIT, was dean of the
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, president of Bechtel, and
held four cabinet posts including Secretary of State. Among his wide-ranging accomplishments are
his agreement with the USSR to remove INF missiles, not to mention the ending
of the Cold War.
Below are Shultz�s 10 Commandments of Negotiation, taken
from his Ideas & Action, which is available for purchase from FTCN here.
1) Be in Control of Your Constituency
2) Understand the Needs of the Other Side
3) Personal Factors (in other words, emphasize
4) An Educational Process (in other words, recognize role of
limited knowledge and curiosity)
5) An Ongoing Process
8) Strength and Diplomacy Go Together
9) Trust is the Coin of the Realm
10) Realistic Goals