As Sen. Marco Rubio prepared to announce his candidacy for the 2016 GOP nomination, this observer had more questions than answers. There is something about Marco Rubio’s tendency to engage in Fourth of July rhetoric that annoys me. Style seems too often to dominate substance and like a trick pony who can count to ten, Marco can talk for fifteen minutes in response to the words, “We hold these truths.” That fiery rhetoric, coupled with his concept of “the American Century,” raises questions about his foreign policy views.
“The American Century” is an attractive turn of phrase, but for its connotations of the “internationalism” that inspired the creator of that concept, Henry Luce. For Luce, “the American Century” compels the United States “to defend and even to promote, encourage and incite ... democratic principles throughout the world.”
That, of course, is what motivated President George W. Bush with disastrous results.