January 26, 2004

WELCOME TO THE UNIPOLAR WORLD:

U.S. Enters New, Expansive "Proof of Primacy" (Thomas Donnelly, January 26, 2004, Navy News Week)

What used to be called the "post-Cold War world" has gone through three distinct periods.

First, the "Long 1990s", beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and ending with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, marked a time of drift and, at least in international politics, American confusion and indecision.

The second, from 9/11 until the March 19, 2003, invasion of Iraq, was a period of transition, during which the Bush administration struggled to fashion a response to events that destroyed its illusions that the world's problems could be "managed" by a small knot of confident and competent pragmatists, acting in the spirit of humble realpolitik.

The invasion of Iraq marked the start of the third period, a new era of Pax Americana, distinguished by the energetic exercise of U.S. power not simply to protect the status quo of American global preeminence but to extend the current liberal international order, beginning in the Middle East.


We might refer to this period as hastening the "end of history".

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2004 3:38 PM
Comments

History doesn't seem to have gotten the memo telling it not to come to work anymore.

Posted by: Steve Sailer at January 27, 2004 2:29 PM

The only person on Earth who thinks the future isn't liberal democratic protestant capitalism is in a cave in Western Pakistan. History's over--there's just some tidying up to do.

Posted by: oj at January 27, 2004 2:34 PM
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