^ While extreme, his basic point is correct. The culture rewards the strongman and denigrates the weak. This is a generality. Patriarchal societies stuck in the midst of ancient cultures still revere power even when it is directed at them in the form of agression.
When in Rome. If you demean your women on the streets of the US you will not get respect from the average American and you may not understand why, culturally. If you are on business in an Arab country and appear weak, you will not get the respect you would in the US and you may not understsand, culturally.
After the first Gulf War it was difficult for us to understand why people were willing to switch sides so easily and not appear to lose face. Fair weather Yankee's fans in Connecticut will quickly switch to the Sox. Not much different.
Negotiating from a point of weakness will not win in this situation. Adaption, not disrespect is the key. It's their sandbox.
Cool, so your diplomatic answer is to abandon the principles and ethics that the US has had for over 200 years in order to address a situation of today.
Should we use this new found sliding scale ethics and morals to address all of our issues? Maybe everyone just quit paying taxes since that would show those folks in Washington that we mean business and aren't going to take their double speak anymore. And while we are at it, let's quit paying mortgages too. It is time that the hard working person get the respect they deserve by showing these financial institutions that we control them, they don't control use. We have the real money and can break them by withholding payment.
And treaties...phhhf. We can rebuild respect in the world by pissing on each and everyone of those. Do what we want. Show that WE are the swinging dick that we think we are. Show that we call the shots, not those other 211 countries. We are the USA, Goddamnit. We are Number ONE.
We will show them some respect...oh, do we get to start smacking around our wives again, too? Some folks seem to really miss that.