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Sunday, December 18, 2005

The decline of the American empire

Gabriel Kolko, Counterpunch, December 17

(The article starts with a killer headline: "Defeated in Iraq, Bankrupt at Home, Despised Around the Globe (And That's Just the Good News"):

"The world is escaping American control, and Soviet prudence no longer inhibits many movements and nations. World opposition is becoming decentralized to a much greater extent and the US is less than ever able to control it - although it may go financially bankrupt and break up its alliances in the process of seeking to be hegemonic.

"This is cause for a certain optimism, based on a realistic assessment of the balance-of-power in the world. I think we must avoid the pessimism-optimism trap but be realistic. Although the Americans are very destructive, they are also losing wars and wrecking themselves economically and politically. But for a century the world has fought wars, and while the US has been the leading power by far-in making wars since 1946, it has no monopoly on folly."


Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Yes its unfortunate that the US has become truely excited in its crusading role against (non-Saudi) Islam.

While 3,000 dead in New York and the Pentagon gave it licence to go after the perpetrators, invading Iraq was an informed act of imperialism.

Luckily Australia hasn't got much oil or our arm would be well and truely twisted by the US (a la Venezuala).

Monday, December 19, 2005 12:17:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Thye'll find a way to screw oz Spy, don't worry. Lot's of land from which to launch missiles for example. Or worse, military bases.

Monday, December 19, 2005 3:10:00 am  

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