america: increasingly irrelevant?

8 Sep

Tim Watkin has an interesting Op-Ed on CiF: The world left the US behind. He argues that the US is increasingly becoming sidelined among the international community. As America fights with itself over Iraq and security, the other big players are becoming more influential as they assert themselves globally.

It’s true that China and Russia are becoming more internationalist and confident, but the same could also be said of Germany, Brazil, India, and Vietnam. Older imperialist powers such as France and Japan are finding their feet again, too. But America? America is looking inward, arguing with itself – always a sign of morass and decay.

Don’t get me wrong, America still leads the way in some high-value industries. Software and weapons spring to mind. But are people still looking at the American society as the model to copy? Katrina was probably more damaging than Iraq in this respect. The skin was pulled back to reveal extreme poverty and inequality in the world’s richest country. Europe’s social democracies suddenly appeared much more sustainable.

One only has to read the business magazines to understand how globalism is replacing any dream of eternal Pax Americana. President Bush is not wholly responsible for America’s relative decline, but he and his politically motivated Global War on Terror, certainly have a lot to answer for.

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10 Responses to “america: increasingly irrelevant?”

  1. tperry1776@gmail.com September 11, 2007 at 2:32 am #

    America would suffer a relative decline simply by virtue of progress elsewhere. Yet it seems Bush & Co. is forcing an absolute decline. The outcome of the war in Iraq is irrelevant. It is the squandering of resources and attention in Iraq, Iran, North Korea and other peripheral and irrelevant places that sap our strength. Additionally America’s seeming inability to respect our own friends. In 1971 we scrapped the Bretton Woods currency agreement; this was a disaster. Also by that time, 25 years after WW2, America should have begun bringing in our allies views on important decisions and allow Allied command over some American Forces. Unfortunately, Bush & Co. are not done yet…

  2. tperry1776@gmail.com September 11, 2007 at 2:32 am #

    America would suffer a relative decline simply by virtue of progress elsewhere. Yet it seems Bush & Co. is forcing an absolute decline. The outcome of the war in Iraq is irrelevant. It is the squandering of resources and attention in Iraq, Iran, North Korea and other peripheral and irrelevant places that sap our strength. Additionally America’s seeming inability to respect our own friends. In 1971 we scrapped the Bretton Woods currency agreement; this was a disaster. Also by that time, 25 years after WW2, America should have begun bringing in our allies views on important decisions and allow Allied command over some American Forces. Unfortunately, Bush & Co. are not done yet…

  3. rwsymonds@hotmail.co.uk September 11, 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    The US wanted to be ‘top dog’ even before Bretton Woods in 1971.They still want to be ‘top dog’ – look at their continuing contempt for the United Nations.It was an ambitious plan, which could have worked if there had not been such a numbskull of a President and (former) Prime Minister.As it is, their ‘New World Order of Full Spectrum Dominance’ (aka world-domination) is in tatters, and the regime has become a barbaric pariah across the globe.We are witnessing the Rise and Fall of the American Empire – but they won’t go quietly – not with every WMD (imaginable & unimaginable) at their disposal.Empires come and go – but this one will go and take many with it.

  4. rwsymonds@hotmail.co.uk September 11, 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    The US wanted to be ‘top dog’ even before Bretton Woods in 1971.They still want to be ‘top dog’ – look at their continuing contempt for the United Nations.It was an ambitious plan, which could have worked if there had not been such a numbskull of a President and (former) Prime Minister.As it is, their ‘New World Order of Full Spectrum Dominance’ (aka world-domination) is in tatters, and the regime has become a barbaric pariah across the globe.We are witnessing the Rise and Fall of the American Empire – but they won’t go quietly – not with every WMD (imaginable & unimaginable) at their disposal.Empires come and go – but this one will go and take many with it.

  5. felixthecat1@btinternet.com September 12, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    I think that it is a possibility that United States could well fall apart within when life time. Considering the level of poverty, racial segregation, and the politicaly disenfranchised.

  6. felixthecat1@btinternet.com September 12, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    I think that it is a possibility that United States could well fall apart within when life time. Considering the level of poverty, racial segregation, and the politicaly disenfranchised.

  7. tperry1776@gmail.com September 13, 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    The U.S. was thrust into a leadership position due to European recklessness. The various international organizations set up, including the U.N. benefited America. That th e U.S. has lost sight of why it is powerful, and what the power rested on is due to ignorance, fear, avarice, nationalism. Though we are certainly blowing it as far as maintaining our leading position. Worst case scenario in my view still leaves us with North America. I personally do not believe in conspiracies in within government or without. The main reason being that people are not honest enough, diligent enough, or reliable enough to carry one out of time. We do have poor people here, they have crappy cars, a dry place to live are typically overweight and have obsolete electronic doodadds. Anyway… the dollar could collapse one day. I think you fella’s have gone beyond what the evidence will support. Cheers.

  8. tperry1776@gmail.com September 13, 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    The U.S. was thrust into a leadership position due to European recklessness. The various international organizations set up, including the U.N. benefited America. That th e U.S. has lost sight of why it is powerful, and what the power rested on is due to ignorance, fear, avarice, nationalism. Though we are certainly blowing it as far as maintaining our leading position. Worst case scenario in my view still leaves us with North America. I personally do not believe in conspiracies in within government or without. The main reason being that people are not honest enough, diligent enough, or reliable enough to carry one out of time. We do have poor people here, they have crappy cars, a dry place to live are typically overweight and have obsolete electronic doodadds. Anyway… the dollar could collapse one day. I think you fella’s have gone beyond what the evidence will support. Cheers.

  9. ashoksoni@hotmail.com September 13, 2007 at 6:38 pm #

    thoughts of conspiracies is a sign of paranoia. Life is essentially kind.

  10. ashoksoni@hotmail.com September 13, 2007 at 6:38 pm #

    thoughts of conspiracies is a sign of paranoia. Life is essentially kind.

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