opinion | Edward L. Glaeser
US foreign policy needs less Rambo, more Kissinger
Mitt Romney’s comparative advantage in the presidential race was supposed to be his business expertise and fearsome intellect, but his international pronouncements have channeled Rambo rather thaneconomics pioneer Adam Smith or the foreign-affairs chessmaster Henry Kissinger. President Obama, wanting to look equally tough, is has gone to the World Trade Organization with a case accusing China of subsidizing car parts. Both candidates should step back from this damaging war of wills, and recognize that American success in dealing with the rest of the world, both economically and diplomatically, depends not just on strength but on sagacity.