March 13, 2005


"I don't think US should be the leader of the world": An Exclusive Interview with the Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett (People's Daily, 3/10/05)

Washington Post is one of the most important newspapers in the United States and even in the world. The news stories published on the Post appear on Chinese newspapers frequently. How does the newspaper view the image and role of America in the world? How does it perceive China as Chinese people march forcefully toward a market economy? How does the newspaper struggle to maintain the glory of Watergate amid strong resentment from the Bush administration? With these questions in mind, our People's Daily Washington-based correspondent Yong Tang recently conducted an exclusive interview with the newspaper's Managing Editor Philip Bennett. [...]

Yong Tang: In such sense, do you think America should be the leader of the world?

Bennett: No, I don't think US should be the leader of the world. My job is helping my readers trying to understand what is happening now. What is happening now is very difficult to understand. The world is very complex. There are various complex forces occurring in it. I don't think you can imagine a world where one country or one group of people could lead everybody else. I can't imagine that could happen. I also think it is unhealthy to have one country as the leader of the world. People in other countries don't want to be led by foreign countries. They may want to have good relations with it or they may want to share with what is good in that country.

That is also a sort of colonial question. The world has gone through colonialism and imperialism. We have seen the danger and shortcomings of those systems. If we are heading into another period of imperialism where the US thinks itself as the leader of the area and its interest should prevail over all other interests of its neighbors and others, then I think the world will be in an unhappy period.

And the Left can't let go of poor P.G. Wodehouse?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2005 9:25 PM

--My job is helping my readers trying to understand what is happening now. What is happening now is very difficult to understand. The world is very complex. ---

6000 years of recorded history, they've been fighting w/Christians for over 1000 years and the world is very complex?

Posted by: Sandy P at March 13, 2005 10:27 PM

That must have been reassuring to China's imperialists.

Posted by: Steve at March 13, 2005 10:37 PM

And journalists just report the news - they don't create it, right?

This is going to be all over the blogosphere for days, if not weeks!

Posted by: at March 14, 2005 12:12 AM

America is not imperial, it is a hegemony.

Hegemony (n). The domination of culture by one particular cultural group, resulting in the empowerment of certain cultural beliefs, values, and practices over others. McGraw-Hill education handbook.

Posted by: Gideon at March 14, 2005 2:09 AM

The Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett is not a complex thinker or even a homegrown philosopher.

He has made a life long career of being a traitor of his own country. Any intellectual debate with Bennet and WP is totally futile exersize. They have evolved into promoters of American defeat and demise.

They have to deal with them on the basis of sedition laws.

It is a high noon!

Posted by: sushizero at March 14, 2005 5:27 AM

Nonetheless, his op ed page is a lot better than the NYTimes with Frank Rich(TM).

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 14, 2005 9:39 AM

Not really. For the most part it's just less literate, which is frightening. Has David Broder ever had an idea?

There seems to be a mindset among our self-described elites, not just academia and the MSM but Corporate America as well, that American hegemony is somehow a bad thing.

Given that we have been a force for good in the world for most of our history, the Dulles ascendancy a notable exception, I've wondered how this opinion could have gained such trenchance among the rational. How it has come to rule in academia is no great surprise or of no great importance, but in the real world it does matter.

Posted by: Bart at March 14, 2005 10:37 AM

This is beyond even Howard Dean territory.

Will he keep his job?

Would he have spoken this way if Kay Graham were still alive?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 14, 2005 11:40 AM

Overall, things in the world are pretty simple. It has always been so. The ways people get along (or not). The ways man oppresses his fellow man. And so on.

Wanting it to be complex is a vain emotional response. It is cowardly.

Now if only Bush could get rid of this moron like he did with Dan Rather.....

Posted by: ratbert at March 14, 2005 12:18 PM