Few things in the world are certain, but make no mistake, Secretary Mike Pompeo does not have swagger. Neither does the State Department.
In simple, definitional terms, “swagger” is described as confidence bordering on arrogance and self-importance. While confidence is a key to diplomatic work, the latter two qualities are anathema to it. Despite the poor associations, Secretary Pompeo is desperately trying to make #swagger happen.
"In simple, definitional terms, “swagger” is described as confidence bordering on arrogance and self-importance. While confidence is a key to diplomatic work, the latter two qualities are anathema to it," writes Sr. Policy Director @atomicbellhttps://t.co/ZjmVTqcmZy
— Nukes of Hazard (@nukes_of_hazard) September 13, 2018
— Erica Fein (@enfein) September 12, 2018
“The very nature of diplomacy makes it relatively uncool. There’s a reason that James Dean didn’t star in ‘Rebel with a Sensible Plan for Improved Water Sanitation in the Lower Mekong Delta.’”https://t.co/aygHBfwZ9i
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) September 12, 2018
because when I think of the great diplomats of history I think of the word “swagger” https://t.co/MVxisMqWdU
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) September 11, 2018
Condi Rice had "transformational diplomacy." Hillary had "economic statecraft" and "smart power." Pompeo has "swagger." https://t.co/aXcQbeJYNk
— Mintaro Oba (@MintaroOba) September 10, 2018
Hey, here’s some swagger from 90s WWE. You’re welcome!
The swagger of this man is unmatched. pic.twitter.com/LAa3gsb1Lt
— 90s WWE (@90sWWE) September 11, 2018