The International Institute for Strategic Studies has issued a reportthat celebrates what they consider a weakened United States. “Clearly,” says the report, “the US share of ‘global power,’ however measured, is in decline.” The London-based institute also says that “domestically, Obama may have campaigned on the theme ‘yes we can’; internationally he may increasingly have to argue, ‘no we can’t.'” Obama is praisedfor recognizing there’s only so much America can do “to impose its views on others.”
America’s difficulties in Iraq and Afghanistan have supposedly “exposed” the limits of our military power. The financial meltdown has sapped our economic base. In addition,we’ve lost our traction in dealing with Iran and the Middle East;lefty think tanks areapplauding this.
Robin Niblett, head of Chatham House, another London think tank,says the rise of power in China, Russia, and the European Union (laugh, laugh) has made it difficult for us to influence others. Besides, America has long been seen as the problemin climate change, the financial crisis, and Middle East policy. Niblett says Obama’s “administration is far more frank about the US interdependence with the rest of the world, and that’s a good thing.”
My dear Mr. Niblett. Perhaps a weakened America sounds good to you international lefties — and to Obama. But it doesn’t sit well with non-liberal Americans. We’ve been through this beforewith Jimmy Carter. Our answer to a”weakened America” was Ronald Reagan. Sodon’t start celebrating yet; Americais not done…by a long shot. Besides, if we’re done, so are you, pal, because you can’t take care of yourself (and you refuse to anyway)!
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