2 weeks after

“[A] diplomat’s words must have no relations to actions — otherwise what kind of diplomacy is it? . . . Good words are a concealment of bad deeds. Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or iron wood.”

I find these words controversial, however there is truth in them…

This chapter has shown that whether or not deceit suc- ceeds does not depend upon the arena. It is not that all spousal deceits fail or that all business, criminal, or international deceits succeed. Failure or success depends upon the particulars of the lie, the liar, and the lie catcher.

In the following chapter that is called “Lie Catching in the 1990s” the author overall speaks about the same examples of political case, such as Hitler’s lies, to which Chamberlain believed. Then he explains who can catch a liar, spotting lies in the courtroom where the fear of being disbelieved can be misinterpreted as a guilty person’s fear of being caught. then he provides an example to the topic on the Pointdexter’s testimony and makes a conclusion.

For decades Soviets learned that to achieve anything they had to bend and evade the rules. It became a country in which lying and cheating were normal, where everyone knew the system was corrupt and the rules unfair, and survival required beating the system.

I think that even if we live in contemporary Russia, it’s still the same. Our mindset can not be changed quickly and I wonder whether the situation will ever change…

During the Iran-Contra Congressional hearings, Congressman Lee Hamilton chastised Oliver North with a quotation from Thomas Jefferson: “The whole art of gov- ernment consists in the art of being honest.”

Paul Ekman’s words sound not real to me. Maybe here speaks the russian mentality, that again proves his point of view. But I still want to believe that politics can be an honest and trustworthy thing at least in the future….

  • deterrence — the action or the fact of deterring people from doing something
  • deputy — a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organization
  • rationale — the reasons or intentions that cause a particular set of beliefs or actions
  • embark on a lie — to start something new or important (in this case a lie)
  • exonerated — to show or state that someone or something is not guilty of something
  • ample — more than enough
  • blatant — ​​very obvious and intentional, when this is a bad thing
  • collude — to act together secretly or illegally in order to deceive or cheat someone
  • asset — a useful or valuable quality, skill, or person
  • dastardly — evil and cruel
  • repudiated — to refuse to accept something or someone as true, good, or reasonable
  • plebiscite — a referendum
  • demeanor — a way of looking and behaving
  • entice — to persuade someone to do something by offering them something pleasant
  • vigilance -more careful attention, especially in order to notice possible danger
  • crows-feet wrinkles — Crow’s feet is the term used to describe the fine lines and wrinkles found at the outer corners of your eyes.
  • wisecrack — a funny remark, especially one that criticizes someone
  • akin — having some of the same qualities
  • poignant (pepl) — causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness

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