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09 May 2014 @ 12:32 pm
good read  
"We are not, pace The Economist, still living in the post-Cold War era, when the US ran a surplus. We are living in a post-post-Cold War era where America owes inconceivable sums to China, a soon-to-be-bigger economic power. And if you want to see American influence really decline, then the best way to do that is to maintain unsustainable over-reach. You’d think Brits would have taken this lesson to heart, since that was one core reason they lost their empire as well. And history is littered with the demise of other over-stretched powers, like the Soviet Union or Imperial Spain...

"More to the point, it seems increasingly clear to me that this post-post-Cold War era is one destined to last for the foreseeable future. And the fundamentals of that era are increasingly opposed to the concept of American global hegemony. No one can police the world today as the US did in the 20th Century. The rationale of the world’s policeman has thus radically changed."

Selkiselki on May 10th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
I wondered about this with regard to the abducted Nigerian students. A week or so ago, the UK was blustering about how Nigeria had to do something, and had some offers of sending experts, but now it seems to be all USA USA USA. But maybe that's just the coverage, and the UK, which created SO MUCH of the mess in Nigeria, is still sending some meager help.