Skip to comments.The Ambivalent Superpower
Posted on 02/28/2014 11:35:49 AM PST by DoodleDawg
The world never really loved America as much as Americans like to think. In the Eisenhower era, to take one period now seen in rosy hues, Latin mobs pelted Vice President Richard Nixons motorcade with stones, shouting, Out, dog! We wont forget Guatemala! Angry Japanese students protested American imperialism, forcing President Dwight Eisenhower to cancel a goodwill visit to Tokyo, and Ike spent his days wishing he could find a way to get people in other countries to like us instead of hating us. In the late 1960s and again in the 1980s, young Europeans took to the streets by the millions to protest American foreign policy. Even in the 1990s, with Bill Clinton and Al Gore in office, the French foreign minister decried the American hyperpower, while leading intellectual Samuel P. Huntington wrote of a lonely superpower, widely hated across the globe for its intrusive, interventionist, exploitative, unilateralist, hegemonic, hypocritical behavior.
Yet always there was the other aspect of the United States, the one most valued if least spoken about. This was the America that others counted on, for security against threatening neighbors, as the defender of the oceans and the worlds trade routes, as the keeper of the global balance, as the guarantor of an economic and political order whose benefits were widely enjoyed. This was the America whose troops were invited into Europe as protection against both a resurgent Germany and the Soviets in the late 1940s. This was the America whose president Helmut Kohl, François Mitterrand and Margaret Thatcher looked to for trans-Atlantic solidarity, and to whom Polish workers and Soviet dissidents turned for hope and inspiration. This was the America that, for all its undeniable flaws, became indispensable after World War II and whose departure from the scene was usually more feared than its presence
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Others are even more skeptical that the Chinese are likely to take on global burdens if Americas ability to do so fades. As a former high-level Brazilian official put it, Up until now, China is like a very rich person who goes to the restaurant, asks for a very big table and, when it comes to paying the bill, always goes to the toiletit doesnt pay.
I find it curious that this writer doesn't seem to realize or understand that these anti-American demonstrations were inspired and carried out by Communist revolutionary movements within these countries.
My tendencies at this point are isolationist.
The US has underwritten, policed, cleaned-up, and otherwise babysat the rest of the world since the early 1900’s. All we have to show for it is a net loss of our time, talent, and treasure; coupled with the enmity of countries that are not fit to shine our shoes.
Screw ‘em all, say I.
Just because mobs incited by Communists staged protests and riots against us doesn't necessarily meant that everyone shares their view.
Ike spent his days wishing he could find a way to get people in other countries to like us instead of hating us.
He shouldn't have worried about that. I don't give a Teton dam about whether or not we are loved around the world as long as we are respected.
You, me, and a whole lot of the rest of the country. And that's what has the rest of the world peeing themselves.
“I find it curious that this writer doesn’t seem to realize or understand that these anti-American demonstrations were inspired and carried out by Communist revolutionary movements within these countries.”
Precisely, but the publisher IS Politico which is quite of leftist bent.
Choose any two.
Agreed. At this point I think that every dime we currently send overseas by way of "foreign aid" should be cancelled and the money poured into job programs or border security upgrades, here at home. Most of the charity we throw away overseas goes to people who not only hate our guts but gleefully take our money and funnel it to terrorist groups that seek our total destruction.
Screw em all, say I.
Yup, that sums it up nicely.
The world media are leftist and they regularly write negative news about USA esp when GOP is in power. You see protests during GOP president visit to other countries, but you rarely see it for DEM GOP
And, even then, it was much more subdued that I would feel wearing a T-Shirt with an American flag on it in your average southern California high school.
For 99% of the Japanese, the reception I got was somewhere between indifferent and friendly.
Time to close Uncle Sugar’s checkbook.
World, how d’ya like me now?