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Richard Hoover: Do not let our emotions drive policy

Americans once had an appetite for sentimental, some would say "sticky-sweet" stories, ones filled with human interest, which "tugged at the heartstrings." Hollywood and the media were filled with them. Remember "Lassie," "Ozzie and Harriet" and the "Reader's Digest," and how easily little Margaret O'Brien could turn on the waterworks? comments
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Richard Hoover: Humor is a necessary tool for a diplomat

As the ancients well knew, comedy has the power to transform what is grave and unfortunate into something light, even ridiculous. Humor! What a device it is in the tool box of a clever diplomat. The best example I ever saw took place in Cold War Prague, back in '75 or '76. comments
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Richard Hoover: 'Good Lord, it really is Shirley Temple!'

In early '82, we met for lunch in the State Department's painting-lined Executive Dining Room. I was officer in charge of Berlin. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black was going there and wanted a briefing. comments

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