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The pathway to compromise is never easy to find, at home or abroad, but it was visible in Colombia this week in the peace agreement that ended a 52-year guerrilla war.In its feel-good, retroactive retaliation against the Saudis, Congress has compromised the principle that governments can't be sued in foreign courts.Let's return to Colombia for a lesson in how politics and good policy can sometimes converge.America figures in Colombia's reconciliation story in ways that remind us of what good foreign policy looks like, even as Congress is showing the worst face.Colombia was the opposite of the Middle East roller coaster: It was a sustained, consistent, limited approach that used all the tools of U.S. power, overt and covert, to get the right result.Good policy is impossible when politicians play to public fears and prejudice.First, strong leaders have to defy the politics of expediency – the popular but shortsighted approach demonstrated this week in Congress.
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