Comments: Dream On, Newsweak, pt 1

If I were Britton I'd get down on my knees that America was there to defend us -- first with lend-lease, then with hundreds of thousands of farmboys ready to take the beaches in order to save Europe, not destroy it.

Well, be grateful anyway. Britain did hold the line, fighting and dying but never backing down, until America joined the war in full. There should be mutual respect from that.

Posted by Pixy Misa at May 26, 2005 12:17 AM

Yeah, I wasn't picking on the Brits. They're staunch allies. And I know full that modern Democracy didn't start with Greece, but with the Magna Carta. It established guarenteed freedoms in 1215. More than 700 years later continental Europe was STILL suffering their tyrants.

Posted by Tuning Spork at May 26, 2005 08:15 PM

Our country was built by millions of immigrants who came here to escape from kings & tyrants in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. So why should we pay attention to their descendants, especially if they haven't learned from the lessons of history? They will have the right to turn their noses up in self-righteousness when North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, or Myanmar, rather than the United States, become a beacon to the rest of the word, and people will stand in line to get into those countries rather than coming to us.

Posted by Bloodthirsty Warmonger at May 28, 2005 12:45 AM

Tuning - another good slapdown of Newsweek and Andrew Moravcsik. But in your mind is it only the article that was wrong, or are all of the unfavorable opinions in other parts of the world about the US wrong too? Doesn`t it trouble you in the least that the prestige of the US has fallen so far in some places that we see either active opposition or indifference to the US?

In the big picture, the relative economic importance of the US has been on a long slide since WWI. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, we enjoy a clear military predominance, but our heavy military spending in fact gives us very little leverage over "old" Europe, Russia, China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latin America, the Sudan, Zimbabwe etc., and the defense expense in fact cost at a cost of sucking up funds that could be deployed in productive private investment, to the detriment of out long-term position. Those who have prospered under our nuculear umbrella understand this very well.

This is not such a simple issue.

Posted by Tokyo Tom at May 30, 2005 10:43 AM
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