Monday, May 05, 2003

US An Empire Deep In Denial

As the Bush administration assumes the burden of building Iraqi democracy, talk of a new American empire is in the air. U.S. military power is unchallenged, and the number of U.S. bases abroad is expanding. U.S. doctrine calls for spreading democracy from Iraq through the Mideast and elsewhere, a breathtaking ambition. So it's not surprising that a hot new book compares America's current global domination with the heyday of the British Empire. But the message of Niall Ferguson's "Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power" is that the United States is not equipped to play the role. Ferguson argues America has assumed an imperial-sized role without being willing to recognize what it has undertaken. "It is an empire that dares not speak its name," he charges. "It is an empire in denial." Those who care about the outcome of America's Iraq venture should at least read Ferguson's article in the April 27 New York Times Magazine: "The Empire Slinks Back: Why Americans don't really have what it takes to rule the world." >>Full story...

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