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  • “Go ahead, punk, make my day.”

    07/22/2014 4:28:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-22-2014 | MOTUS
    I’ve heard from tons of people regarding yesterday’s  “What’s Your Superpower” post. Some who previously hadn’t realized they possessed superpowers, like HHS. Until they read my blog, HHS had contended they had “no legal authority to exclude the U.S. territories from ObamaCare.” Then (ahem) upon “reflection” HHS: discovered new (super) powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively exempt' American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands from Obamacare. Most impressive, as up till now only Barry and DOJ were allowed to circumvent the law of the...
  • What’s Your Superpower? Besides Your Awesomeness.

    07/21/2014 6:57:49 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-21-2014 | MOTUS
    Don’t blame me, Blonde Gator started this last week with her pig poster:But that got me wondering: Do we all have super powers? Clearly BO does; sometimes he deploys them with nothing more than his phone. Other times, it’s just his pen. It’s awesome. Still, I remember not so long ago when he lamented being burdened with his super power: "It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled...
  • What would America fight for? Allies increasingly doubt America's will to help defend them

    05/04/2014 5:22:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Economist ^ | 05/04/2014
    “WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?” America’s cerebral president betrayed a rare flash of frustration on April 28th when dealing with a question in Asia about his country’s “weakness”. Barack Obama said his administration was making steady, if unspectacular, progress. By blundering into wars, his critics would only harm America. Mr Obama was channelling the mood of his people, worn out by the blood and treasure squandered in Iraq and Afghanistan. A survey last autumn by the Pew Research Centre suggests that 52% want the United States to “mind its own business internationally”, the...
  • Putin is a Riot

    03/20/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 8 replies
    Israel Monitor ^ | March 18, 2014 | Norma Zager
    Praise the Lord and Pass the Putin By Norma Zager There is a rumor that a big Hollywood producer has approached Putin to do his own Reality Show. Why? Because Putin makes good TV. He is easily the most entertaining Russian leader since Khrushchev, who blustered and beat his shoes on desks. What a kick to watch. So what is it about Putin that makes him so much fun? After all, the moron in North Korea is an ignoramus and has definitely replaced Tattoo as the short funny guy on that Fantasy Island he inhabits. Yet, he still has the...
  • Environmentalists champion economic ‘de-growth’

    02/28/2014 4:30:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 28, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmentalists are pushing a new way to deal with global warming and overpopulation: the U.S. needs to “de-grow” its economy. What is “de-growth”? It means forcing people to work less to make them more equal, consume fewer goods and use less electricity. Think of it like camping, but for the rest of your life. Environmentalists at the New Economics Foundation in London and the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. argue that cutting the 40-hour work week and using less electricity is necessary. This includes a living wage requirement and a more progressive tax code. “There’s no such thing as sustainable...
  • Why China Replaces U.S. As Dominant World Superpower In Three Pictures

    02/03/2014 7:47:40 AM PST · by joeclarke · 25 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/03/2014 | JoeClarke.Net
  • A Lesser Superpower Than We Used To Be

    10/24/2013 8:16:45 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 24, 2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    The traditional American posture as the guarantor of freedom and protector of allies, and the scourge of Nazis, Communists and al Qaeda is headed toward a less manageable, every-man-for-himself series of ad hoc arrangements that portend greater international instability in which terrorism and warfare thrive. Here is what happens when the United States is weakened in the eyes of the world: China derides U.S. economic leadership, posits itself a "source of financial stability," and suggests the yuan as a replacement for the dollar. China also announces plans to sell Pakistan two more nuclear reactors. Russia doubles down by offering Iran...
  • US government shutdown: Barack Obama is presiding over the end of America's superpower status

    10/01/2013 9:21:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 1, 2013 | Con Coughlin
    For a country that is supposed to be the most powerful in the world, the fact that Americans have today woken up to find large swathes of their nation closed for business is humiliating.
  • America’s supremacy is finished. Why don’t we understand this? (Briton Says China is Number One!)

    08/23/2013 10:29:46 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Last updated: June 24th, 2013 | Sean Thomas
    2010 was also the year China overtook America as the world’s largest car market, as the world’s largest retail market, and as the world’s greatest producer of patents. A year later China became the globe’s greatest user of energy. In 2012 China became the world’s biggest market for PCs, and the primary source of global trade. Just three days ago China unveiled the world’s most powerful computer.
  • Intel report: US will no longer be sole superpower by 2030

    12/10/2012 10:54:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2012 | Rick Moran
    The report, issued by the National Intelligence Council, talks of "inevitable" decline as a large reason for the shift. A new report by the intelligence community projects that the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower by 2030."In terms of the indices of overall power - GDP, population size, military spending and technological investment - Asia will surpass North America and Europe combined," the report concludes."Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds" - prepared by the office of the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - projects that the "unipolar" world that emerged...
  • Cambodia's First Lady Gives President Obama a "Sampeah" Greeting - Usually Reserved for Servants

    11/22/2012 1:24:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/20/2012 | Investor's Business Daily
    Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants.
  • Tidal Wave: The Houston Chronicle Endorses Mitt Romney

    10/21/2012 12:24:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    Big Journalism - Breitbart ^ | October 21, 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Sunday The HoustonChronicle,which in 2008 broke a 44 year tradition of backing Republicans and endorsed Barack Obama, endorsed Mitt Romneyfor President in 2012:>>>Like so many others,we were captivated by the Illinois senator's soaring rhetoric and energized by his promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock and into an era of hope and change.It hasn't happened. Four years later,PresidentObama's deeds have failed to match his words,much less his specific vows to cut the national debt by half and bring the nation's unemployment rate to 6 percent. As Texans,it is a particular vexation that this president's attitude toward the interests...
  • With Obama It's Top and Bottom Against the Middle ["environmentalists" de-develop America]

    10/11/2012 4:40:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 11, 2012 | William Tucker
    ....Perhaps the signature accomplishment of the Obama Administration has been its opposition to large energy and industrial projects. The President has blocked the Keystone Pipeline,which would have brought a million barrels of oil to Texas refineries. His administration has shrunk the leasing of federal oil lands and slowed offshore drilling to a crawl. Its Environmental Protection Agency has closed down coal plants and constantly making noise about cracking down on fracking for natural gas.....even as President Obama has pursued the most aggressive environmental agenda in history,attempting to regulate carbon emissions and cracking down on fossil fuels,the nation's environmental enthusiasts have...
  • Obama admits he’d like a ‘weird superpower’ (ability to speak any language.. flying OK too)

    08/17/2012 9:09:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/17/12 | Olivier Knox - The Ticket
    President Barack Obama admitted Friday in a radio interview broadcast that he yearns for a "weird superpower"—the ability to speak any language. But flying might be cool, too. Obama, speaking to the "Morning Mayhem" crew on 93.3 KOB FM in Albuquerque, also came out in favor of red chili over green, said the best advice he ever got was "be persistent" and revealed that he has never heard the original version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" but has watched a gone-viral video of himself performing it. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s an incumbent president in...
  • Why China’s ‘Rise’ May Have Already Peaked

    08/09/2012 7:59:44 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 8-9-2012 | Minxin Pei
    .... Has China's rise peaked? If one were to pose this question a few years ago, he would probably be laughed out of the room. The conventional wisdom then was that China's rise was certain to continue. But today, this question is very much on everyone's mind. What has changed? .... (snip) it may be reasonable to argue that the Beijing Olympics in 2008 symbolically marked the peaking of Chinese power. Everything began to go downhill afterwards. Caught up in the global economic crisis, the Chinese economy has never fully recovered its momentum. To be sure, Beijing's stimulus package of...
  • The Great Rediscovery of American Values - Cruz in Tx, Walker in Wis, Romney on Palestine and Poland

    08/02/2012 3:22:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 2, 2012 | Jeffery Lord
    August, 2012. The Great Rediscovery is in the headlines: "Senate Candidate in Texas is Known as an Intellectual Force " -- The New York Times "Romney: Media trying to 'divert' from real issues with focus on foreign gaffes." "Romney praises Poland as model of economic liberty" To borrow from Bob Dylan: "The times, they are 'a changin'" There is no accident in all the headlines cited above, you know. America is in the midst of the next chapter in what Ronald Reagan called "the great rediscovery" of American values. And the Other Side knows it. Which is why the aroma...
  • Beijing Proves Its Aggressive Intentions

    07/27/2012 6:34:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 26, 2012 | Michael Auslin
    ........This week, Beijing set up a new provincial-level city government to administer all its island claims in the South China Sea, as well as administer all the waters in the Sea, and “elected” a mayor for its insta-city of Sansha. The new governing council will represent approximately 1,100 Chinese residents of three island groups, all of which are claimed by multiple countries, including Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam, in addition to China. The real news, however, is that Beijing is also setting up a military garrison on Yongxing Island, which is also claimed by Vietnam. The garrison will serve “self-defense”...
  • China's march through the Caribbean continues

    10/09/2011 12:32:51 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 25 replies · 1+ views
    China is continuing its bold economic and geopolitical march through the Caribbean and Latin America, using its growing economic might to dole out grant aid and soft loans to win friends and influence governments, continuing its plans to displace the United States as the region's major trading partner in the not-too-distant future. For two days this week, a large Chinese delegation led by Vice-Premier Wang Qishan spent hours in talks with Caribbean leaders and business delegations. By the time the forum ended in Trinidad's capital of Port of Spain, Beijing had unveiled measures worth $6.3 billion aimed at sealing better...
  • America as less than No. 1 (Dan Henninger)

    08/11/2011 2:54:01 PM PDT · by chickadee · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 11, 2011 | Daniel Henninger
    So this is a taste of what it will be like when the American superpower starts shrinking. Enjoying it yet? After the humiliation of the United States losing its AAA credit rating; after watching the American stock market descend into chaos; after living for two years in a $15 trillion economy unable to grow beyond 2%, with unemployment rates rarely experienced in the U.S., Americans have their first whiff of inhabiting an empire in decline.
  • No second place - We must not lower our [space] horizons

    07/20/2011 2:58:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 20, 2011 | Editorial
    <p>With the landing of the Atlantis shuttle only a few days away, reality is setting in: For the first time in more than 50 years, the United States of America will not have the capability of launching American astronauts into space.</p>
  • China's Bumpy Road Ahead (Status as Imminent Superpower In No Way Assured)

    07/09/2011 12:34:14 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 9, 2011 | Ian Bremmer
    The moment of truth seems to be coming closer by the minute. China will become the world's largest economy by 2050, according to HSBC. No, it's 2040, say analysts at Deutsche Bank. Try 2030, the World Bank tells us. Goldman Sachs points to 2020 as the year of reckoning, and the IMF declared several weeks ago that China's economy will push past America's in 2016. There's probably someone out there who thinks China became the world's largest economy five years ago. In an interview with WSJ's John Bussey, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer insists that for China to become the...
  • China to get new skyscraper every five days for three years

    06/08/2011 2:54:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 8, 2011 | Peter Foster in Beijing
    China will "top out" a new skyscraper every five days for the next three years as it continues to embark on the biggest building boom in history, according to newly published research. The 2011 China Skyscraper City List shows the speed with which China is redrawing the skylines of its major cities as it builds houses and offices for the millions of people migrating from a rural to urban lifestyle over the coming decades. Compiled by "Motian City", a Chinese website for skyscraper enthusiasts, the list finds that China and Taiwan currently boast five of the world top 10 tallest...
  • End of America?

    04/29/2011 5:35:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2011 | John Ransom
    Liberals wants you to know that America's best days are almost behind her. They even pegged a date. And included pictures. The date is 2016, says the mainstream media. That's the date when they say that the IMF warns China's economy will surpass America's in real terms. The IMF disputes the claim.  (Source: MarketWatch) Let's just say that I'm suspicious. There are a number of problems with this projection as the "End of America." Firstly, in actual dollars the U.S. will still have a substantial advantage in GDP in 2016 according to the IMF.    "An analyst at the IMF said in a statement,"...
  • Do tyrants fear America anymore? President Obama’s timid foreign policy is an embarrassment

    02/28/2011 11:09:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | February 28, 2011 | Nile Gardiner
    .....Just a few years ago the United States was genuinely feared on the world stage, and dictatorial regimes, strategic adversaries and state sponsors of terror treaded carefully in the face of the world’s most powerful nation. Now Washington appears weak, rudderless and frequently confused in its approach. From Tehran to Tripoli, the Obama administration has been pathetically slow to lead, and afraid to condemn acts of state-sponsored repression and violence. When protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the Islamist dictatorship in Iran in 2009, the brutal repression that greeted them was hardly a blip on Barack Obama’s teleprompter...
  • Test of Stealth Fighter Clouds Gates Visit to China

    01/12/2011 3:13:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | January 11, 2011 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and MICHAEL WINES
    China’s military conducted a test flight of a new stealth fighter jet on Tuesday, overshadowing an important visit to Beijing by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates aimed at improving defense ties — and apparently catching China’s civilian leadership off guard. Staging the test flight of the long-secret J-20 while Mr. Gates was in Beijing amounted to an unusually bold show of force by China. But the demonstration also raised questions about the degree of civilian control of the Chinese military, as President Hu Jintao and other civilian leaders gave their American visitors the impression that they were unaware that the...
  • MAP:The Target Range Of China's "Aircraft Carrier Killer" Missile

    12/30/2010 2:41:28 AM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies · 10+ views
    Business Insider ^ | December 29, 2010 | Maria Badkar, Gus Lubin
    China's new "aircraft carrier killer" ballistic missile can cover 1,243 miles, according to The Chosun Ilbo. To show the distance it could cover, we added the approximate radius of China to the distance the missile could travel. As you can see, China now wields formidable power in the Indian Ocean and the East Pacific. Read More:Click This Link
  • Sun Could Set Suddenly on America as Superpower as Debt Bites

    07/29/2010 6:47:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Real Clear World ^ | 07/29/2010 | Niall Ferguson, Harvard University
    We have been raised to think of the historical process as an essentially cyclical one. We naturally tend to assume that in our own time, too, history will move cyclically, and slowly. Yet what if history is not cyclical and slow-moving but arhythmic, at times almost stationary, but also capable of accelerating suddenly, like a sports car? What if collapse does not arrive over a number of centuries but comes suddenly, like a thief in the night? Great powers and empires are complex systems, which means their construction more resembles a termite hill than an Egyptian pyramid. They operate somewhere...
  • Global organized crime becoming new superpower: U.N.

    06/17/2010 2:05:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/17/10 | Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Governments must smash markets supplied by the global "superpower" of organized criminals trafficking drugs, people, arms and counterfeit goods, the U.N. crime chief said on Thursday. Criminals are reaping profits in the tens of billions of dollars, Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told Reuters about a report released by his agency. But countries are not cooperating enough with each other and the United Nations, and are too focused on traffickers. "We have to start addressing the markets, which are gigantic in size," Costa said, adding that criminals who supply...
  • Palin asks: Mr. President is a strong America a problem?

    04/16/2010 2:42:30 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 7 replies · 421+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/16/2010 | Gary P.
    "Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the US was too strong" —Ronald Reagan This morning Sarah Palin has sent a second strong message to Barack Obama that he is on a dangerous path, a path that puts America and the free world in great peril. As we wrote yesterday, Sarah called Obama out for his ridiculously insane statement: “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower” Sarah called this “Unbelievable” and “Outrageous“
  • Sarah Palin spanks Obama for his idiotic statement on America's status as a super power

    04/16/2010 8:08:40 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 642+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/16/2010 | Gary P
    In case you missed it, the Apologizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama, is at it again, and the leader of the Free World, Sarah Palin is setting him straight, once again. To refresh your memory: The rookie President, who has zero foreign policy experience, and absolutely no negotiating skills, proved it earlier when he announced his suicidal policy on the use of nuclear weapons. Something Sarah noted was akin to telling the school yard bully to come on over and give you a beat down, because you aren’t going to do anything about it afterwards. Obama tried to be cute with his media...
  • Obama Not Thrilled That America Is A Superpower

    04/15/2010 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 404+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-15-10 | Wordsmith
    The man who is our president: “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them; and that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.” -President Obama yesterday at Nuclear Security Summit The man who would have been: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed the leader of the free world Thursday, calling the remark a "direct contradiction to everything America believes in." Read more at floppingaces.net...
  • 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...
  • Bush dinner tastes sour for Obama (Bush in India)

    10/29/2009 10:32:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 78 replies · 4,176+ views
    The Telegraph India ^ | Oct. 24,2009 | K.P. NAYAR
    Bush dinner tastes sour for Obama - PMO decision to entertain former President causes hurt in Washington K.P. NAYAR Washington, Oct. 24: Preparations for Manmohan Singh’s visit to Washington on November 24 have begun on a negative signal to the Obama administration with a decision by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to host former President George W. Bush for dinner at Singh’s residence at the end of this month. Bush is visiting New Delhi on October 30 and 31 at the invitation of an Indian newspaper and will speak at a conference organised in New Delhi on October 31 on...
  • End of America's Moment

    09/27/2009 8:27:21 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 37 replies · 1,314+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2009 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    America is no longer a superpower. Led by President Obama, its retreat on the world stage has been sudden, swift and stunning. His administration is actively pursuing a foreign policy of detente and self-abnegation. Washington no longer wants - or believes it is possible - to remain the last, sole hyperpower.
  • Chinese century may be a long time coming (The world will still rely on the US for a long time)

    09/26/2009 9:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1,008+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 9/25/2009 | Geoff Dyer
    As China prepares for its big military parade next Thursday, when it will celebrate 60 years of Communist party rule with a display of power, it is clear the country has come out of the global crisis with its prestige greatly enhanced. It is not just the strong rebound in the economy. China is becoming more influential and confident overseas, shaping events rather than reluctantly reacting. President Hu Jintao even stole the show this week at the United Nations climate change summit with his pledge to restrain carbon emissions. Two years ago, environmental groups were terrified by China’s galloping energy...
  • China feigns outrage

    06/22/2009 6:44:57 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 8 replies · 477+ views
    The Pioneer ^ | Monday, June 22, 2009 | The Pioneer
    The Chinese Communist Party’s principal organs, the People’s Daily and Global Times have issued minatory statements on the current state of Sino-Indian relations. According to the latter, a domestic opinion poll, confined presumably to the Han public, has revealed that 90 per cent of the population perceive India as the foremost threat to China’s security. Being a colonial empire it is rewarding to make a distinction between Herrenvolk rulers and their ethnic minority subjects. Even the brazen Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s celebrated propaganda chief, would have fought shy of including the Tibetans, Mongolians and Uighurs in this regimented anti-Indian endeavour....
  • American Superpower Era Over, Russian Analyst Says

    11/09/2008 10:37:50 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 24 replies · 328+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | November 9, 2008 | Lew Waters
    Sure to please the America hating left that elected a Marxist as our new president, a Senior Russian Political Analyst now says “Obama's victory in the presidential election marks an end to the superpower era for the United States.” Sergei Rogov, director of the U.S. and Canada Institute says, “The U.S. presidential election has great significance. I would qualify its results as the end of an era ...of several decades when the U.S. became a superpower and attempted to emerge as the only superpower in a unipolar world after the end of the Cold War.” Does Rogov recognize that sole...
  • America Will Remain the Superpower [American heg keeps on moving ahead]

    10/14/2008 8:36:23 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 8 replies · 470+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2008 | Bret Stephens
    Nor does the U.S. seem all that badly off, comparatively speaking, when it comes to its ability to finance a bailout. Last month's $700 billion bailout package seems staggeringly large, but it amounts to a little more than 5% of U.S. gross domestic product. Compare that to Germany's $400 billion to $536 billion rescue package (between 12% and 16% of its GDP), or Britain's $835 billion plan (30%).
  • The Age of Nonpolarity: What Will Follow U.S. Dominance

    06/06/2008 10:44:26 PM PDT · by eekitsagreek · 10 replies · 104+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | May/June 2008 | Richard N. Haass
    Summary: The United States' unipolar moment is over. International relations in the twenty-first century will be defined by nonpolarity. Power will be diffuse rather than concentrated, and the influence of nation-states will decline as that of nonstate actors increases. But this is not all bad news for the United States; Washington can still manage the transition and make the world a safer place. RICHARD N. HAASS is President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Superpower

    05/26/2008 5:44:02 AM PDT · by steelboy · 53 replies · 717+ views
    Time ^ | 5/19/2008 | MASSIMO CALABRESI/AL JANADRIYAH
    Americans tend to think of the presidency as all-powerful, but much of its authority comes from the ability to convince the public to follow, and the same is sometimes true in diplomacy. The time when George W. Bush could perform that trick has long passed. But if Americans are adjusting to the idea of a weak Bush, an even tougher mental leap awaits them once he leaves office: accepting that the U.S. isn't the force abroad it was just a few years ago. The next President's hardest job may be getting the country used to that
  • What George W. Bush and Tom Brady have in common

    03/17/2008 8:29:38 AM PDT · by tang0r · 4 replies · 230+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 3/17/2008 | Matt Fay
    For a time in 2007, the New England Patriots appeared to be the very definition of a superpower. After achieving an undefeated regular season and arriving at the Super Bowl 18-0, the Patriots seemed poised to make history and become the first team in the history of the NFL to have a perfect 19-0 season. On the eve of Super Bowl XLII, few predicted anything but a Patriot victory. Pre-game analysis didn't focus on the question of whether the Patriots would win the Super Bowl, but rather on whether the Patriots were in fact the greatest football team ever to...
  • India still Asia's reluctant tiger

    02/28/2008 2:08:28 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 23 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | February 28, 2008. | Zareer Masani
    Bangalore's hi-tech enclaves are an oasis of excellence With its economy growing at more than triple the speed of Britain's, India has become a global leader in information technology and other hi-tech products. But how has this been possible in a country where poverty is so widespread and where more than a third of people are still illiterate? In the words of Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, "the danger of India moving in the direction of being half California and half sub-Saharan Africa is a real one." The contrast between hi-tech, silicon enclaves such as Bangalore and the primitive...
  • After the Empire: Must Reading from Parag Khanna (Barf Alert)

    02/04/2008 5:55:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 74+ views
    Open Source Radio ^ | February 4, 2008
    Everybody’s homework assignment this week is, first, to absorb Parag Khanna’s breathtaking revisioning of the United States in the world, and, second, to add your comment on the late great American Empire. Can it have come and gone so fast? Parag Khanna will join us in class with James Der Derian, the master of global security and media studies at Brown, on Thursday afternoon. Parag Khanna: Who Shrunk US Power? Parag Khanna’s scorecard-lineup of the “post-American world” is more striking for appearing counterintuitively in the safe, smug New York Times Sunday magazine. Five years ago in the same spot, Michael...
  • Intransigent face of the Chinese superpower

    01/24/2008 7:38:04 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 47+ views
    FT ^ | 01/23/08 | Victor Mallet
    Intransigent face of the Chinese superpower By Victor Mallet Published: January 23 2008 19:42 | Last updated: January 23 2008 19:42 It is remarkable how China the selfish superpower is fading from public view. In its place comes China the peacemaker and potential saviour of the faltering world economy. Western governments look to China as an engine of economic growth. Western banks see it as a source of capital. European leaders, eager for commercial advantage, pay homage to Beijing. In the US, the rise of China – notorious only months ago for purportedly stealing American jobs, destroying the environment and...
  • The Hobbled Hegemon America is Still Likely to Remain the Dominant Superpower

    10/05/2007 9:51:15 AM PDT · by america4vr · 55 replies · 1,524+ views
    The Economist ^ | June, 28, 2007 | the Economist
    America is the richest country and the most sophisticated high-tech military power in the world, and is spending more on defence in real terms than at any time since the end of the second world war. Yet it is being exhausted by insurgents armed with AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised bombs. With strong pressure on President George Bush to withdraw from Iraq, jihadist militants scent a victory as momentous as the eviction of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989—a defeat that helped to dissolve the Soviet empire. True, America has recovered from previous disasters, not least the Vietnam...
  • "Islam is emerging as the cultural and economic Superpower of the 21st Century"

    10/02/2007 12:51:24 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 60 replies · 173+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | September 30, 2007 | Robert Spencer
    Steven R. Watts is "a global management consultant and a Research Fellow and Intercultural Studies Ph.D. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary." He is "currently creating risk mitigation strategies for multicultural corporations operating in developing countries. These strategies focus on non-traditional, innovative approaches to sustainable economic development, eradication of poverty and reduction of risk to business continuity in some of the most challenging regions of the world. He is also an invited speaker to universities and business organizations." His non-traditional, innovative approach at this website, "Welcome to the 21st century" (thanks to Hal), appears to revolve around the emergence of a...
  • China's Quest for a Superpower Military

    05/22/2007 8:49:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 1,032+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 05/17/07 | John J. Tkacik, Jr.
    May 17, 2007 China's Quest for a Superpower Military by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Backgrounder #2036 The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC) announced on March 4, 2007, that it would increase the country's military budget by 17.8 percent in 2007 to a total of $45 bil­lion—by far the largest acknowledged amount that China has ever spent on its military.1 The Chinese government went out of its way to reassure the world that this spending hike was normal and need not worry anyone. "China is committed to taking a path of peaceful development and it pursues...
  • The New New World Order

    03/04/2007 12:35:05 AM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies · 781+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | March/April 2007 | Daniel W. Drezner
    Summary: Controversies over the war in Iraq and U.S. unilateralism have overshadowed a more pragmatic and multilateral component of the Bush administration's grand strategy: its attempt to reconfigure U.S. foreign policy and international institutions in order to account for shifts in the global distribution of power and the emergence of states such as China and India. This unheralded move is well intentioned and well advised, and Washington should redouble its efforts.
  • Russia's Putin: U.S. Wants World Domination

    03/02/2007 5:17:09 AM PST · by Fennie · 14 replies · 507+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 12, 2007
    Russian President Vlamimir Putin, in one of his harshest attacks on the United States in seven years in power, accused Washington of attempting to force its will on the world...............
  • US deflates Putin 'unipolar' speech (BBC Analysis--Day 2).

    02/12/2007 3:14:32 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 717+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, February 12, 2007 | Rob Watson
    Mr Putin and Mr Gates are both former spies So will the 43rd Munich Security Conference be remembered as the start of a new Cold War? That is probably the single most important question to emerge from this long weekend of speeches and private chats among the world's most powerful. Certainly Russian President Vladimir Putin's strident speech stands out from the crowd. In it, to recap, he strongly criticised the US and its European allies, with his harshest criticism reserved for Washington. The US had, he said, overstepped its borders in every way, seeking to impose its will on...