The Corner

Symbolism in Foreign Policy

Isn’t there a rather glaring incongruity between the administration’s position that the congressional medal for the Dalai Lama won’t harm our relations with China and its position that the congressional resolution on the massacre of Armenians will do irreparable harm to our relations with Turkey?

Each may well argue for the right approach, prudentially, of course. And it may just not matter what the countries in question think of what we say and do. But the particular reasons offered in the two cases certainly seem to undermine each other.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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