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“The alternative to the role the United States plays in the world is not better global governance, but less of it — and that would make the world a far more dangerous and less prosperous place. Never in human history has one country done so much for so many others, and received so little appreciation for its efforts.”
Due to the troubles in Iraq (or the media’s portrayal of them anyway) and recent Palestinian elections, democracy-promotion has become less and less popular with Americans. Nor has the U.S. had a great record at nation-building or humanitarian intervention (think Somalia, Haiti). As a result more and more Americans are growing weary of playing global governor and being mocked and despised for their pains. Ultimately the American masses will be the arbiter of the United States’ foreign policy, and with the looming retirement crisis Mandelbaum predicts the public will demand its money remain at home. “Social Security and Medicare, not the rise of China, pose the greatest threat to America’s role as the world’s government.” It is this attitude, not some barbarian invasion or interior decadence, that will cause America to withdraw from the world stage. And once that happens America’s foreign critics will long for the good old days of the “American Empire.”
Mandelbaum sums up the prospect of a reduced international presence succinctly: “They will not pay for it; they will continue to criticize it; and they will miss it when it is gone.” On the other hand, a few terrorist attacks could find the American people restructuring their priorities yet again.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online