Perpetual Creation and Routine

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Profound policy thrives on perpetual creation, Kissinger said, while good administration thrives on routine. Robert Kaplan agrees:

Foreign Service officers tend to support those policies that do not threaten their jobs and chances for promotion. I have found that many of them just want to get through the day. A Secretary of State who follows these instincts, rather than manipulating and coopting them, is a failed Secretary of State.

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