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YouTube explains US grand strategy


Sam Roggeveen


11 January 2012 12:19

Earlier this week Dan Drezner ran a very entertaining series of YouTube videos purporting to explain US grand strategy.

As an addition to that series, I offer 'Sofia the Lion Tamer at Wellington Zoo, New Zealand', which nicely captures the frustration America (the lion) feels in trying to coerce North Korea (Sofia) across the DMZ (the perspex). We see the utter impotence of America's awesome power against a puny adversary which has been made impervious to threats by a hermetically sealed wall.

But we are also reminded that North Korea is not in America's weight class, and that responding to provocations from pipsqueaks just makes Washington look silly and erodes its standing as a great power. America needs to remember that, if the status quo between the two countries was ever disturbed (ie. should the perspex crack), there could be only one outcome:

(H/t TDW.)