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  • Biden: ´Public Is...Frightened Because It´s a Frightening World´

    11/03/2014 10:13:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/3/14 | Susan Jone
    The public is concerned and frightened because it´s a frightening world. A lot has happened," Vice President Joe Biden told CNN in an interview that aired on Sunday. Biden noted that in every crisis, "there´s all kinds of attention" from Twitter and the news media. But later, "when we put it under control," there´s not much follow-up, Biden complained. So the public shouldn´t be anxious about Ebola and ISIS? the reporter asked him. "I think the public should not be as anxious as they are, but it´s understandable why they are. There is no existential threat to the United States
  • The Pax Americana is Dead

    08/12/2014 9:11:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    The Hoover Institution ^ | Aug 11th, 2014 | Richard A. Epstein
    Thomas Friedman, the respected New York Times columnist, tried to do a beleaguered President Barack Obama a favor by publishing a summary of an extended interview between the two men, which was grandly entitled “Obama on the World.” Friedman tried to present the President in a positive light, by calling his weak responses “feisty.” Yet there is no denying that Obama’s rudderless foreign policy has been a disaster. The international order has rapidly deteriorated since Obama entered the Oval Office. The current situation is so perilous that so long as Obama remains President, the phrase “presidential leadership” will continue to...
  • The Long Goodbye? China, The World Bank, & The American Century

    05/14/2014 9:14:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week a World Bank report that compares something called purchasing power parity claimed that, based on the purchasing power statistics, the Chinese economy has reached a point of rough equality with the United States, or, could actually have moved slightly ahead of the USA, based on the incomplete figures of economic growth over the last three years. This announcement, which confirms the fact of China’s explosive economic development, and the anemic American recovery after the Great Recession of 2008-2010, has caused quite a stir in a number of quarters. The Chinese, usually quick to tout great achievements, have been...
  • America: After a bumpy 2013, a wary world watches

    12/30/2013 11:31:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 1:30 PM EST | Kristen Gelineau
    To many around the world, it made little sense: The world’s most powerful government, so mired in dysfunction that it couldn’t operate. The world’s defender of individual freedoms, accused of spying on its citizens and friends. The world’s military giant planning, then balking at, an armed response to the suspected use of deadly chemical weapons. Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright once dubbed the United States “the indispensable nation.” But as the world watched America shamble through its string of crises in 2013, the notion of the U.S. as an unflappable leader began to seem ever more quaint. Instead,...
  • NSA spying threatens to hamper US foreign policy

    10/26/2013 9:04:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 26, 2013 10:19 AM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Secretary of State John Kerry went to Europe to talk about Mideast peace, Syria and Iran. What he got was an earful of outrage over U.S. snooping abroad. President Barack Obama has defended America’s surveillance dragnet to leaders of Russia, Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, but the international anger over the disclosures shows no signs of abating in the short run. … Diplomatic relations are built on trust. If America’s credibility is in question, the U.S. will find it harder to maintain alliances, influence world opinion and maybe even close trade deals. …
  • The American retreat on the seas

    06/08/2013 4:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | Christopher M. Lehman
    The United States is at a crossroads, and the American people must consider carefully an issue that has been creeping up on us for two decades. For most of the past 70 years, America enjoyed unquestioned naval global superiority, and we could be confident that the U.S. Navy could establish and sustain maritime dominance wherever and whenever needed. However, since the early 1990s, America’s Navy has been in decline with our fleet shrinking from almost 600 ships to just 283 ships by the end of 2012. Now in 2013, President Obama has announced a new defense strategy for America that...
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    01/07/2013 4:38:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 61 replies
    RabbiPruzansky.com ^ | November 7, 2012 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total. (Note: this was written the day after the election. The final results indicate that Romney exceeded McCain’s total by less than one million votes,...
  • Former Carter Adviser Brzezinski: US Global Supremacy ‘Is Over’

    02/22/2012 2:38:49 PM PST · by robowombat · 55 replies
    Money News ^ | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 07:47 AM | Dan Weil
    The United States can no longer reign supreme as the world’s sole superpower, says Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security adviser and a prolific foreign affairs scholar. “The era of global supremacy by a major power . . . is over,” he tells Yahoo. “The world is now much more diversified. There is now the new East in Asia. There is now a globally, politically awakened population.” But that doesn’t mean the demise of the United States, as long as we’re willing to make some changes, Brzezinski, says. “We have to accustomize ourselves to that world. If we want...
  • Why the World Needs America

    02/11/2012 8:12:33 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 11, 2012 | Robert Kagan
    History shows that world orders, including our own, are transient. They rise and fall, and the institutions they erect, the beliefs and "norms" that guide them, the economic systems they support—they rise and fall, too. The downfall of the Roman Empire brought an end not just to Roman rule but to Roman government and law and to an entire economic system stretching from Northern Europe to North Africa. Culture, the arts, even progress in science and technology, were set back for centuries. Modern history has followed a similar pattern. After the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, British control...
  • Buchanan: Bush Broke United States As A Superpower

    08/29/2011 4:57:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 154 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Pat Buchanan regularly serves as Morning Joe's lone conservative in the show's self-described 10:1 ratio of lib to conservative guests. But Buchanan this morning demonstrated that he is anything but a Republican partisan. Sounding more like Barney Frank after a bad night's sleep, Buchanan blasted President George W. Bush, claiming 43 "broke the Republican party and frankly he broke the United States as a superpower." View the video here.
  • Chinese Aircraft-Carrier-Killing Missile Could End U.S. Pacific Dominance

    08/27/2010 12:27:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 134 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 5, 2010 | Eric Talmadge
    EDITOR'S NOTE — The USS George Washington supercarrier recently deployed off North Korea in a high-profile show of U.S. sea power. AP Tokyo News Editor Eric Talmadge was aboard the carrier, and filed this report. ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON — Nothing projects U.S. global air and sea power more vividly than super carriers. Bristling with fighter jets that can reach deep into even landlocked trouble zones, America's virtually invincible carrier fleet has long enforced its dominance of the high seas. China may soon put an end to that. U.S. naval planners are scrambling to deal with what analysts say...
  • The Return of China (America's Impending Status as Global Also-Ran)

    04/01/2010 1:03:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies · 719+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2010 | Catherine Rampell
    In the coming decades China will likely surpass United States as the world’s biggest economy. That may seem strange and uncomfortable to many Americans, but it wouldn’t be the first time China dominated the global economy. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Factblog has posted a fascinating set of statistics showing the evolution of the Chinese economy, compiled by economic historian Angus Maddison The chart above shows the percentage of the world’s economy contributed by China during the last two centuries. As you can see, China held a far bigger share of the world’s economy in 1820 than...
  • America On The Rise (Complaints of China's ascent and the U.S.' collapse are overly pessimistic)

    02/09/2010 4:52:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 699+ views
    Forbes ^ | 02/10/2010 | Joel Kotkin
    For much of the past decade, "declinism"--the notion that America is heading toward a deadly denouement--has largely been a philosophy of the left. But more recently, particularly in the wake of Barack Obama's election, conservatives have begun joining the chorus, albeit singing a somewhat different variation on the same tune. In a recent column in TheWashington Post George Will illustrates this conservative change of heart. Looking over the next few decades Will sees an aging, obsolescent America in retreat to a young and aggressive China. "America's destiny is demographic, and therefore is inexorable and predictable," he suggests, pointing to predictions...
  • The fall of Spain, the first global superpower, and the fall of the US

    It may be hard for most people to imagine, but Spain was the first global Superpower. It gained this status as the defender of Europe against Muslim armies and by leading the West’s exploration of America. In 1492, the same year that Spanish-financed Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, the last Muslim stronghold of Granada was ceded to Ferdinand and Isabella to complete the Catholic Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula... It controlled rich parts of Italy through Naples and Milan, and Central Europe from the Netherlands through the Holy Roman Empire to Austria. In the 16th century it added the...
  • The Humbling of a Superpower

    04/09/2009 6:00:02 AM PDT · by kellynla · 45 replies · 1,614+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 04/09/2009 | Nile Gardiner
    It is hard to imagine a bigger slight to the memory of the more than 100,000 American soldiers who died liberating Europe than the image of a U.S. president attacking the “arrogance” of his own country on French soil. President Obama’s speech last week ahead of the NATO summit in Strasbourg, barely 500 miles from the beaches of Normandy, marked a low point in presidential speechmaking on foreign policy. The largely French and German town hall audience cheered like ancient Romans in a packed Coliseum. This time, however, it was not Christians being fed to the lions but the symbolism...
  • Bet on America (Forget the Doom and Gloom. In 50 Years, We'll Still Be No. 1)

    09/02/2007 7:10:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies · 1,114+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/2/2007 | Joel Achenbach
    America, the shining city on a hill, swollen over centuries into a reluctant empire, faces a long march into the twilight of its greatness. Our duty now is to supervise our relative decline. Other superpowers shall rise to match us: China, surely, and newly consolidated Europe, and maybe Russia or Japan. From ancient Rome through the Ming Dynasty, from the days of the Spanish Armada to the British Empire, the implacable rule of history is that no one stays on top forever. We had our day. It's over. Nice while it lasted. This, at least, is the latest word on...
  • Mike Gravel, Ron Paul ticket? (Gravel top 5 Youtube moments)

    07/24/2007 2:52:23 PM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 2 replies · 258+ views
    The only reason anyone would watch tonight’s Democratic presidential debate from Charleston is to see what kind of antics crazy old “Mad Mike” Gravel will pull. Let’s be honest, the guy not only makes us feel good about being Republican, but he makes us feel good about not being senile. High five! So, because the debate is sponsored by YouTube - and because YouTube is the only reason we can even pick Gravel out of a lineup - we decided to count down his five best YouTube moments. We wanted to do 10, but then we got bored and moved...
  • Farewell to Pax Americana

    12/14/2006 6:31:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 822+ views
    The Washington ^ | December 14, 2006 | Robert J. Samuelson
    With hindsight we may see 2006 as the end of Pax Americana. Ever since World War II, the United States has used its military and economic superiority to promote a stable world order that has, on the whole, kept the peace and spread prosperity. But the United States increasingly lacks both the power and the will to play this role. It isn't just Iraq, though Iraq has been profoundly destabilizing and demoralizing. Many other factors erode U.S. power: China's rise; probable nuclear proliferation; shrinking support for open trade; higher spending for Social Security and Medicare that squeezes the military; the...
  • Yes, America is an empire....(Europeans are content in their decadence)

    09/06/2006 10:05:28 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 39 replies · 1,201+ views
    WND ^ | September 6, 2006 | Benjamin Shapiro
    According to ABC News, 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., may have recently called his moderate-right credentials into question. "McCain has tapped a controversial academic to be a member of his virtual 'kitchen cabinet,'" ABCNews.com noted. That academic – Niall Ferguson of Harvard University – is, according to David Weigel of Reason magazine, a "foaming-at-the-mouth 'national greatness conservative.'" This academic has presented, according to Priyamvada Gopal of Cambridge University in Britain, an "aggressive rewriting of history, driven by the messianic fantasies of the American right." Who is this dastardly intellectual twisting the liberal media's beloved "Maverick" McCain into a...
  • A World without Power

    09/02/2006 11:07:59 AM PDT · by rob777 · 16 replies · 560+ views
    Hoover Digest ^ | Fall 2004 | Niall Ferguson
    Critics of U.S. global dominance should pause and consider the alternative. If the United States retreats from its hegemonic role, who would supplant it? Not Europe, not China, not the Muslim world—and certainly not the United Nations. Unfortunately, the alternative to a single superpower is not a multilateral utopia but the anarchic nightmare of a new Dark Age. We tend to assume that power, like nature, abhors a vacuum. In the history of world politics, it seems, someone is always the hegemon or bidding to become it. Today, it is the United States; a century ago, it was the United...
  • About our 'dictator'

    07/05/2006 3:01:52 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 42 replies · 1,748+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 5, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN MANY QUARTERS it has long been taken for granted that George W. Bush is an aspiring dictator, ravenous for power and all too willing to shred the constitutional checks and balances that restrain presidential authority. Of course this kind of paranoia is routine in the ideological fever swamps . But you can hear such things said about Bush even in respectable precincts far from the fringe.For example: When it was reported in May that the National Security Agency has been analyzing a vast database of domestic telephone records for possible counterterrorism leads, CNN's Jack Cafferty went ballistic. Thank goodness...
  • Why They Need Us Imagine a World Without America

    07/04/2006 6:14:30 PM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 30 replies · 2,078+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 4, 2006 | Peter Brookes
    July 4, 2006 -- FOR all the worldwide whining and bellyaching about the United States, today - America's 230th birthday - provides an opportune time for them to consider for just a moment what the world might be like without good ol' Uncle Sam. The picture isn't pretty. Absent U.S. leadership, diplomatic influence, military might, economic power and unprecedented generosity, life aboard planet earth would likely be pretty grim, indeed. Set aside the differences America made last century - just imagine a world where this country had vanished on Jan. 1, 2001.
  • Iranian Writer: Americans have defined freedom

    02/13/2006 7:46:56 PM PST · by freedom44 · 28 replies · 1,212+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 2/13/06 | Amil Imani
    In many ways, America resembles the great, ancient Persian Empire. Like the Persians, who rarely regret the past, Americans always believe "the best days are ahead." Like the ancient Persian Empire once was, the United States is now the greatest country in the world. Like the Persians who were the first world managers and the most tolerant empire-builders, America, with its rich constitution, is also the most tolerant and benevolent nation in the world. Ancient Persian kings released the Jews from Babylonian captivity, financed the reestablishment of their nation, and restored their national religion. (Zionists, they were!) America has basically...
  • If this be imperialism...

    08/19/2005 2:27:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 514+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 19, 2005 | MICHAEL A. BABCOCK
    GUEST COLUMNIST The president's basic vocabulary -- good and evil, war and victory -- has always made his liberal critics uncomfortable. But last week George W. Bush seemed to be speaking to members of his own administration when he made it crystal clear to the world that we're fighting a "war" against terrorism. It's not, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has recently nuanced it, a "global struggle against violent extremism." It's a war -- plain and simple. Of course, wars are neither plain nor simple. They're messy and unpredictable affairs. But to his credit, the president seems to recognize --...
  • In defense of American "imperialism"

    08/18/2005 5:40:12 AM PDT · by summer · 10 replies · 439+ views
    Newsday ^ | Aug 18, 2005August 18, 2005 | MICHAEL A. BABCOCK
    President George W. Bush's basic vocabulary - good and evil, war and victory - always has made his liberal critics uncomfortable. ... .. But to his credit, the president seems to recognize - in his gut - that a shift in vocabulary will change nothing. A policy is either right or wrong. ... Bush has a firmer handle than even Rumsfield does on how empires think and act. And I don't mean that as a criticism... Imperialism has received bad press for most of the last hundred years.... But ancient Rome - always the brand name in empires - is...
  • Book slams Bush's global crusade

    06/02/2005 2:35:08 PM PDT · by iconoclast · 40 replies · 771+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 2, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    Over the last two years, I have found increasing numbers of conservatives deeply concerned by U.S. military intervention in Iraq. They voted for and admire President Bush, but were profoundly disturbed by his second inaugural address pledging to spread democracy worldwide. Now, there is an important new book that eloquently puts in perspective their alarms about America's course in the post-Cold War world. Sands of Empire by Robert W. Merry, a respected Washington journalist, warns of the United States as the ''Crusader State'' transporting American exceptionalism around the world. The book, to be published this month, contends this crusade threatens...
  • The coming Pax Americana

    04/21/2005 11:08:20 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 1 replies · 295+ views
    Haaretz ^ | April 21, 2005 | Efraim Halevy
    "... From being a superpower that exerts a potent influence in the Middle East, the United States has become a player that is present in the region. Its pattern of activity in Iraq illustrates not only the determination of President Bush to act consistently to realize his policy in Baghdad. There is a good possibility that Iraq will not be the last country in the region that will require a lengthy American military presence. The U.S. campaign in Iraq was perceived as a signal of long-term American commitment to do whatever is required and to stay in the "neighborhood" for...
  • The Stillborn Empire

    03/06/2005 8:19:38 PM PST · by ShiningPath · 164 replies · 1,922+ views
    AmericanConservative ^ | 3-6-05 | Patrick J Buchanan
    Did I miss something? Where did all the “not since Rome” bombast, talk of America’s “benevolent global hegemony,” “Pax Americana,” and the New World Order disappear to? Whatever happened to the “jodhpurs and pith helmets” crowd? Just a year ago, in the Irving Kristol Lecture at the annual AEI dinner, columnist Charles Krauthammer rhapsodized about America’s “global dominion” and our having “acquired the largest seeming empire in the history of the world.” We have “overwhelming global power,” said Krauthammer. We are history’s “designated custodians of the international system.” When the Soviet Union fell, “something new was born, something utterly new—a...
  • Fight the Google Power(French think Google could threaten the world's literary heritage)

    02/25/2005 10:25:52 AM PST · by sanchez810 · 35 replies · 825+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 25-Feb-2005
    It's bad enough that American films dominate European cinemas. Now Google is trying to do the same for Anglo-Saxon literature with a massive project to put millions of books from major libraries in the U.S. and Britain online. Libraries at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and the New York Public Library are onboard for the project and it has generated a great deal of excitement in academic circles. Well, some academic circles. A rallying cry has sprung up from -- of course -- France to once again fight the English onslaught. Warning continental Europeans that the move will lead to a skewed...
  • Allies and Allies. America has important friends outside of Europe.

    02/23/2005 10:33:50 AM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 671+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 23, 2005 | by Tom Donnelly
    LET US TALK OF ALLIES, but not, at least for once this week, of Europeans. After all, the United States is human history's one and only superpower. Our security concerns are genuinely global; our political principles are universal. So why should we obsess primarily about how we are regarded only in Paris or Berlin? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is an irritating man, to be sure, but all the more so for being intermittently insightful. One of Rumsfeld's rules is that the mission determines the coalition. In the early 21st century, the United States has two important missions if it is...
  • With 'Open Arms' Bush Offers to Buy Europe, Russia

    02/20/2005 4:49:33 AM PST · by FlyLow · 3 replies · 337+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 2-20-05 | Scott Ott
    (2005-02-20) -- In an effort to thaw international relations, U.S. President George Bush heads to Brussels today with "open arms" and "an attractive bid to buy Europe and Russia and bring them into the American portfolio of nations." "Rather than view France, Germany and Russia as our contentious friends, we'd like to say they're part of the family," said Mr. Bush. "Call it a merger. Call it synergy. I just think we have so much opportunity in a shared future of unity, that it would be crazy not to do this deal." Mr. Bush, who once owned a Major League...
  • America Enjoys View From the Top (We're #1! We're #1!)

    12/26/2004 10:15:39 PM PST · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 783+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2004 | David R. Sands
    "A country that makes a film like 'Star Wars' deserves to rule the world." – Philip Adams, former chairman of the Australian Film Commission Love it, hate it, embrace it, deny it, American power, American influence and American values are the defining features of today's interconnected world. Questions of an American "empire" — whether we have one, whether we want one, whether we can afford or keep one — aren't just the white-hot topic of the day among statesmen and political scientists. The world really is becoming more "American." The pervasive pull of American ideals, popular culture and media, and...
  • The Widow at Windsor

    07/31/2004 3:02:41 AM PDT · by Clive · 18 replies · 555+ views
    Rudyard Kipling | Rudyard Kipling
    The Widow at Windsor 'Ave you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor With a hairy gold crown on 'er 'ead? She 'as ships on the foam -- she 'as millions at 'ome, An' she pays us poor beggars in red. (Ow, poor beggars in red!) There's 'er nick on the cavalry 'orses, There's 'er mark on the medical stores -- An' 'er troopers you'll find with a fair wind be'ind That takes us to various wars. (Poor beggars! -- barbarious wars!) Then 'ere's to the Widow at Windsor, An' 'ere's to the stores an' the guns, The men an' the...
  • The End of Power (Without American hegemony, it's a new Dark Age}

    06/20/2004 9:28:24 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 20 replies · 292+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | June 21, 2004 | Niall Ferguson
    Without American hegemony the world would likely return to the dark ages. We tend to assume that power, like nature, abhors a vacuum. In the history of world politics, it seems, someone is always bidding for hegemony. Today it is the United States; a century ago it was Britain. Before that, it was the French, the Spaniards and so on. The 19th-century German historian Leopold von Ranke, doyen of the study of statecraft, portrayed modern European history as an incessant struggle for mastery, in which a balance of power was possible only through recurrent conflict. Power, in other words, is...
  • America Must Find its National Purpose to Beat the Terrorists (Top-notch op/ed!)

    04/17/2004 9:17:44 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 23 replies · 152+ views
    The National Post ^ | April 17, 2004 | George Jonas
    It will need to reconsider decades of ultra-liberalism There's a demand for Pax Americana and, judging by President George Bush's press conference this week, the United States is ready to supply it. The Bush administration seems anything but wobbly. Even so, one wonders if the President and his advisors fully realize what the task entails. To put the genie of anti-civilizational ruthlessness back into its bottle, to defeat terrorist despotism from the nuclear labs of North Korea to the alleys of Falluja and the caves of al-Qaeda in the Hindu Kush, America will need to reconsider decades of ultra-liberalism and...
  • American Moralism: Why the World Needs More of It

    01/29/2004 12:03:01 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 21 replies · 206+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 29 Jan 04 | Chuck Colson
    This election year, Christians can expect to be criticized for injecting moral values into American public life -- of being moralists. This derisive term often puts Christians on the defensive and causes them to be apologetic for their convictions. I have a better idea: Instead of being defensive, we ought to say, "You're doggone right I'm a moralist." And our fellow citizens ought to be glad that we are. That moralistic streak is why people all over the world look to America for leadership. It's why America is different. The impact of this moralistic streak, and the morally based public...
  • America: An empire to rival Rome?

    01/27/2004 7:11:08 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 49 replies · 636+ views
    BBC ^ | January 26, 2004
    In a new six-part series entitled Age of Empire, the BBC's Jonathan Marcus sets out on a journey to examine America's place in the modern world. "America has no empire to extend or utopia to establish. We wish for others only what we wish for ourselves - safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a better life." So declared President George Bush in the traditional graduation address at the US Military academy at West Point in June 2002. But despite his insistence that the US has no imperial ambitions, the word "empire" is increasingly used by...
  • U.S. Enters New, Expansive "Proof of Primacy" (We're # 1! We're # 1!)

    01/26/2004 11:39:55 AM PST · by quidnunc · 15 replies · 269+ views
    The American Enterprise Institute ^ | January 26, 2004 | Thomas Donnelly
    What used to be called the "post-Cold War world" has gone through three distinct periods. First, the "Long 1990s", beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and ending with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, marked a time of drift and, at least in international politics, American confusion and indecision. The second, from 9/11 until the March 19, 2003, invasion of Iraq, was a period of transition, during which the Bush administration struggled to fashion a response to events that destroyed its illusions that the world's problems could be "managed" by a small knot of confident...
  • Pax Americana vs. Pax Britannica

    01/08/2004 9:02:38 PM PST · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 536+ views
    Town Hall ^ | January 8, 2004 | Herbert London
    In the nineteenth century British prime ministers used their influence to create a series of nation states in the Middle East and elsewhere. The designated tribal leaders became heads of state through guile, extortion, favoritism and British planning. In most instances the British governments asked who was most capable of ushering in stability in areas congenitally chaotic and secondly, who was best prepared to act in behalf of British interests. In retrospect some of these decisions seem arbitrary, even foolhardy. These states often ignored tribal differences having been carved out of a geography only partially comprehended by British colonialists. The...
  • Riding the wave - A strong U.S. keeps winning new fans

    01/04/2004 9:16:37 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 10 replies · 225+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 04 January 2004 | Zev Chafets
    All across the planet, 2004 was ushered in to the clinking sound of falling dominoes. They are falling America's way. On Friday, it was announced that North Korea has invited an unofficial team of American experts to inspect its nuclear facilities. Kim Jong Il's motives are always opaque, but this seems like good news. It appears he may finally understand that the U.S. won't allow him to turn North Korea into the atomic arsenal of fascism. North Korea's move is especially interesting because it follows a decision by Iran to permit UN oversight of its nuclear program and the announcement...
  • Charley Reese Says He Hopes "George Soros" Gets His Money's Worth

    11/17/2003 11:31:48 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 34 replies · 130+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 11-17-03 | Reese, Charley
    George Soros George Soros, the billionaire currency speculator, has set aside $15 million just to help defeat George W. Bush's re-election efforts. Soros, originally from Hungary, believes the Bush administration is dangerous and is leading us into perpetual war. He's spreading the money to various organizations committed to working against Bush's re-election. I don't know if he will get what he wants, but I tend to agree with him that the Bush administration seems committed to perpetual war. Bush has so loosely defined both terrorism and his war on terrorism that there is absolutely no way anyone will be able...
  • Cometh the Hour . . . (This in the WSJ?!)

    10/13/2003 9:06:51 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 54 replies · 180+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 10/14/03 | HAROLD BLOOM
    <p>The American Empire needs a general in the White House.</p> <p>Lincoln, confronting the South's rebellion, first established our imperial presidency. Since then we have become increasingly a plutocracy. Like such precursors as Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Warren Harding, the current possessor of the White House sincerely believes in making the rich richer, while expressing the hope that somehow all of his constituents must eventually benefit from this benign process. Our nation has long invested in this hope, with our territorial expansion (mostly at the expense of Mexico, and of the Native Americans) and also overseas extensions fueling the investment. At this time, we occupy all of Iraq, and rather less of Afghanistan. These irrealistic adventures, while expensive in money and in blood, are more venturesome than most of our past incursions, but otherwise not radically new. What is different are the provocations. Fundamentalist Islam conducts a world-wide terror onslaught, much of it financed by Saudi Arabia. Israel and the Arabs continue to fight a Hundred Years War, going back to the earliest Zionist emigrants, and we are now well along in the first decade of a religious war that could endure for another century. All this is piously denied by nearly everyone, yet all the deniers know better. The American Empire, like the Roman before it, seeks to impose a Roman peace upon the world.</p>
  • Welcome Benign US Imperialism

    10/03/2003 5:01:02 AM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 7 replies · 234+ views
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | October 3, 2003 | Arnab Neil Sengupta
    The way things are going in Congress and at the United Nations, to say nothing of middle-class Middle America, don’t be surprised if US President George W. Bush decides to cut his losses and pull out of Iraq, with or without a UN peacekeeping force in place. For both serving and aspiring autocrats around the world, such a denouement would call for the “mother of all celebrations.” Although it still remains unlikely, a premature withdrawal from Iraq would mean much more than just loss of face for the global hyperpower or a vindication of multilateralist mush. It could very well...
  • The Falseness of Anti-Americanism by Faoud Ajami

    09/15/2003 3:08:19 PM PDT · by the_greatest_country_ever · 28 replies · 2,446+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 15,2003 | Faoud Ajami
    <p>Pollsters report rising antiericanism worldwide. The United States, they imply, squandered global sympathy after the September 11 terrorist attacks through its arrogant unilateralism.</p> <p>In truth, there was never any sympathy to squander. Anti-Americanism was already entrenched in the world's psyche a backlash against a nation that comes bearing modernism to those who want it but who also fear and despise it.</p>
  • SUPREMACY BY STEALTH

    09/02/2003 7:29:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 1,585+ views
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | July/Aug. 2003 | Robert D. Kaplan
    Supremacy by Stealth by Robert D. Kaplan It is a cliché these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire—different from Britain's and Rome's but an empire nonetheless. It is time to move beyond a statement of the obvious. Our recent effort in Iraq, with its large-scale mobilization of troops and immense concentration of risk, is not indicative of how we will want to act in the future. So how should we operate on a tactical level to manage an unruly world? What are the rules and what are the tools? ..... In the late winter...
  • Empire Redux?

    08/10/2003 4:36:29 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 4 replies · 193+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Aug. 7, 2003 | Lee Siegel
    <p>Historians regard the late 15th century as the starting point of European imperialism. Yet the British, the French, the Spanish and the Portuguese of that time thought they were expanding their commercial frontiers into sparsely populated parcels of land unattached to a national entity. Conquest, the slave trade, colonial administration, all the structures and practices of imperialism came later, step by unforeseeable step.</p>
  • Gulliver Unbound: Can America Rule the World?

    08/09/2003 7:59:08 PM PDT · by the_greatest_country_ever · 10 replies · 242+ views
    The Center for Indepedent Studies ^ | August 5,2003 | Josef Joffee
    The Centre for Independent Studies Gulliver Unbound: Can America Rule the World? Josef Joffe   I. Hegemony in the 21st Century My title is 'Gulliver Unbound', and to make the point in all its baldness: There has never been a Gulliver as Gulliveresque as 21st century America. It dwarfs anybody in the present as well as in the past. Of all the former greats, only Rome fits the description although, for precision's sake, it should be classified as an empire. For at the height of its power, after it had subjugated the lands between the British Isles, Carthage and the...
  • Gulliver unbound: can America rule the world?

    08/05/2003 6:29:24 AM PDT · by dead · 83 replies · 1,066+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 6 2003 | By Josef Joffe
    Josef Joffe, a contributing editor of Time magazine and publisher-editor of Die Zeit, delivered the twentieth annual John Bonython lecture at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney last night. There has never been a Gulliver as Gulliveresque as 21st century America. It dwarfs anybody in the present as well as in the past. Of all the former greats, only Rome fits the description although, for precision's sake, it should be classified as an empire. For at the height of its power, after it had subjugated the lands between the British Isles, Carthage and the Levant, Rome was virtually identical...
  • America taking on new role: Global cop

    08/04/2003 5:05:14 PM PDT · by comnet · 2 replies · 172+ views
    sacbee.com/ ^ | Monday, August 4, 2003 | David Westphal
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Not quite three years ago, campaign audiences regularly broke into applause when then-candidate George W. Bush promised to limit the role of the American military in regional disputes around the world.</p> <p>Today, the commander in chief faces the prospect of deploying more than 100,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for months -- and perhaps even years -- to come. And that's only a start to the revolution that's occurring in the U.S. military.</p>
  • America taking on new role: Global cop

    08/04/2003 11:35:10 AM PDT · by comnet · 15 replies · 252+ views
    sacbee.com ^ | Monday, August 4, 2003 | David Westphal
    <p>Today, the commander in chief faces the prospect of deploying more than 100,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for months -- and perhaps even years -- to come. And that's only a start to the revolution that's occurring in the U.S. military. The president has sent troops to Africa, a continent candidate Bush said was outside the United States' sphere of "national strategic interests." He's investigating opening new U.S. bases in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. And he's putting the rulers of Iran and North Korea on notice that he's not afraid to unleash the military's big guns again.</p>