June 6, 2010

JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE TIRED OF PLAYING WITH THE PUTTY DOESN'T MEAN THE PROJECT IS DONE:

Let's End American Dominance: an excerpt from The Icarus Syndrome (Peter Beinart, 6/05/10, Daily Beast)

What America needs today is a jubilant undertaker, someone—like Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan—who can bury the hubris of the past while convincing Americans that we are witnessing a wedding, not a funeral. The hubris of dominance, like the hubris of reason and the hubris of toughness before it, has crashed against reality’s shoals. Woodrow Wilson could not make politics between nations resemble politics between Americans. Lyndon Johnson could not halt every communist advance. And we cannot make ourselves master of every important region on earth. We have learned that there are prices we cannot pay and burdens we cannot bear, and our adversaries have learned it too. We must ruthlessly accommodate ourselves to a world that has shown, once again, that it is not putty in our hands.

Demographics, culture and economics--nevermind military prowess--mean that we couldn't give up, nor even slow down the growth of, our dominance if we wanted to, but you can understand the desire of the Left and the Right to do so, and to eschew responsibility for our neighbors. But consider if, rather than an affluent white male American liberal, you were a North Korean, an Iranian, a Venezuelan, a Tibetan, a Chinese baby girl, an African girl of circumcision age, etc., etc., etc....would you think it was past time for America to stop remaking the world in our image?


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2010 7:18 AM
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