why when we clean up a country and help it establish a democratic system, be it Germany, Japan or Iraq, why do we use the parliamentary model? Why do we inflict a system which is ultimately going to fail them.
I often wonder that myself. The flip answer is that parlimentary systems allow a certain type of ruling class to run the country and the people in our government who make these decisions are members of that ruling class and don’t want to burden their fellows with the handicaps the American system creates for a self perpetuating ruling class.
Or, alternatively, we’re actually fiendishly clever and long thinking, and saddle these former enemies with broken governments in order to keep them down in the future and preserve the American Hegemony.
But one is left wondering if it’s because, at a fundamental level, the type of people who inhabit the State Department do not view the USA as a successful country. In many other ways, the State Department crew act as if they view Old Europe as far more successful in the things that matter than the USA and may well make their decisions based on that viewpoint. While it would be nice to have a State Department staffed with people who think their own nation is the best in the world, I don’t see much prospect of that any time soon.