January 31, 2005


2020 Vision (Fred Kaplan, Jan. 26, 2005, Slate)

Who will be the first politician brave enough to declare publicly that the United States is a declining power and that America's leaders must urgently discuss what to do about it?

Jimmy Carter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2005 3:53 PM

It is a CIA report? Then we can relax. It means in 2020 we will be stronger than ever.

Posted by: Bob at January 31, 2005 3:58 PM

Howard Dean beat this drum in the fall of 2003.

Nice touch, though, by remembering Mr. Peanut.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 31, 2005 4:05 PM

Jimmy Carter, eh? An excellent choice. The past is indeed predictive of the future for him.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at January 31, 2005 4:06 PM

So where were Peanut Boy and the rest of the Junior Election Monitor League yesterday? I heard they were hiding out in Jordan because of the "security situation." They prefer the safety of an election where they can support of a thug like Chavez.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 31, 2005 4:34 PM

let's not lose sight of the fact that "American Global Dominance" is in fact a big fat pain in the ass.

It allows virtually everyone else on the planet to act with all the wisdom and fortitude of a sixteen-year-old, demanding ever more from Mom 'n Dad in terms of freedom to act, payment of car insurance, gearing up to pay for school, and then they squeal with rage at Dad's outrageous demand upon the sixteen year old that he study hard and get a damn job to help hold up his end of things, especially since Dad just "sold out to The Man" and only cares about exploiting the poor for money... blah blah blah.

"American Global Dominance" is a healthy thing IF we can count on free people to give a damn about their freedom and what it cost, past and present, to maintain.

We cannot. There is no greater lesson of the last three years. Millions of Westerners have grown up with freedom like the Billionaire Boys Club grew up with money. They could not care less what it takes to maintain, that is for lesser peoples to worry about, like, say, cowboys... assuming such lessors only act when told to by their betters.

No, in a chaotic world of WMD, "American Global Dominance" might be highly undesireable. A dominance of free and detemined people is in fact ideal. We do not have that now, and "global dominance" may in fact be precluding that from happening, rather than foster it.

I am afraid some "free people" on the planet are going to have to suffer... big time, if only pour encourage les otres. I know just the contintent that is ripe for it.

Posted by: Andrew X at January 31, 2005 4:55 PM

I thought this is the Left's goal?

Posted by: Sandy P at January 31, 2005 5:05 PM

Communications have made us dominant whether we choose to be or not--that's one lesson of 9-11.

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2005 5:06 PM

I thought I heard Teddy Kennedy saying pitiful helpless giant last week.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 1, 2005 3:07 AM

Jimmy Carter's performance since being unceremoniously booted out of office makes one wonder about the value of peaceful transitions to power. He doesn't have to get the Beria treatment but would it be so terrible if he had to spend the rest of his life running a power station in Kazhakstan like Malenkov?

Posted by: Bart at February 1, 2005 9:23 AM