What Makes America Great?
What Makes America Great? I’ve heard it all my life. My parents imparted it as fact, schoolteachers lectured with it as an indisputable premise and politicians use it to rile up a crowd during a fiery speech – “America is the greatest nation on earth.” It’s a simple phrase taken as a holy fact by most Americans. But what is our metric? In almost every | Read More »
What does it mean and what are its consequences for the United States and the world? My answer is here and the crux of my point can be found in the following excerpt: The implications for the United States and for counterterrorism from the attacks in Mumbai can be summed up thusly: We continue to live in a dangerous world, the threat of terrorism is | Read More »
Spheres Of Influence
The Russian counterargument to what it perceives as Western imperialism and interference concerning issues like Russo-Georgian relations and the status of relations between Russia and other former Soviet states in general is that Russia is merely exercising its power in its own sphere of influence. Implicit in that argument is that Russia would not interfere in the spheres of other great powers and especially not | Read More »
The New, New Declinism . . . And Why It’s As Intellectually Bankrupt As Ever
Predictions/dire warnings/gloating concerning the expected waning of American power worldwide are not a new phenomenon–the potential suggestion of the title of this post notwithstanding. As Robert Lieber points out, such predictions have been raining down from the Olympian heights of the pundit classes for a few centuries now. They periodically pop up to warn us that the era of American glory is coming to an | Read More »