The Libyan war never caught the imagination of the American public, even though you’re paying for most of it. But in Tehran and Moscow and Beijing they’re following it. And they regard it as a useful preview of the post-American world. Absent American will, even a tin-pot desert drag queen can stand up to the great powers and survive. The lesson of Obama’s half-hearted little war isn’t lost in the chancelleries of America’s enemies.
For dominant powers in decline, it starts with the money, for Washington as for London and Rome before it. But it never stops there. The horizons shrivel. Two-bit provocateurs across the map pick off remnants of the old order with ever greater ease.
America has had two roles in a so-called “globalized” world: America’s government was the guarantor of global order; America’s economy was the engine of global prosperity. Right now, both roles are up for grabs. And there are no takers for the former. Pace Nancy Pelosi, “life on this planet as we know it today” is going to change, and very fast. Mark Steyn/JWR
Can we possibly be looking at a more depressing and dismal future than that of Mark Steyn’s?
America has become irrelevant to the entire world. And that being the case, it’s time to bring all our troops home – and that includes Germany but not South Korea – and regroup. Who do we have to help defend? South Korea and Israel – no one else.
Then, as the title of a previous Steyn book suggests, America will have to go it alone. We cushioned Europe’s financial fall and rebirth after WWII. But there is no nation to cushion our fall, as Steyn says. We have been the mega leader/cheerleader/financier for well over 60 years and what have we got to show for it? A morally and financially bankrupt nation.
It’s time to close the doors and put our own house in order. Otherwise, the great American experiment that our Founders were so proud to begin, will dry up as in an old petri dish.
August 1, 2011
Quote of the day – Mark Steyn