“Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.”
Besides being funny, this makes a lot of sense to me – at least as to how the world generally works. Obviously, the subtext is striving to be able to defend yourself against aggression.
Obama, on the other hand, wants to give our rocks away in the hope that the Nice Doggie will see his act of submission and not bite him. He throws in a few bows of submission to go along with it.
Good luck with that.