Time to get a real job
Posted by aogMonday, 21 September 2009 at 19:19
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What do you all think — Hillary Clinton resigns as Secretary of State and jumps in to the New York Gubernatorial race?
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 at 15:27|
I have to admit, if [Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, is] the bar, HRC is well over it.
What did you find objectionable in the reported excerpts from the speech?:
The former US Secretary of State surprised the audience with her speech. She particularly said that democracy was not the perfect system. “It can be contradictory, corrupt and may have security problems,” Albright said.
Ya don’t say. All so very true.
America has been having hard times recently, Albright said.
“My generation has made many mistakes. We give the future into the hands of the young. Your prime goal is to overcome the gap between the poor and the rich,’ the former head of the US foreign political department said.
Platitudes and truisms. All unobjectionable.
“We have been talking about our exceptionalism during the recent eight years. Now, an average American wants to stay at home - they do not need any overseas adventures. We do not need new enemies,” Albright said adding that Beijing, London and Delhi became a serious competition for Washington and New York.
If we view “we do not need new enemies” and “an average American wants to stay at home - they do not need any overseas adventures” literally, then she hits the nail on the head. Who needs or wants new or more enemies, and further, we can’t afford new enemies, even if we did want ‘em. As for “want to stay at home” - we’ve been at war for eight years now. Of course people are tired of it. Not to mention, the American zeitgeist is normally isolationist most of the time anyway.
Beijing is head of one of the world’s most powerful, and certainly most populous nations, riding a rapidly expanding economy and SERVING AS THE BANKER OF LAST RESORT FOR THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL NATION. Of course they’re flexing their global muscle. That’s what rising powers do. U.S. Marines in Tripoli and the Monroe Doctrine, right?
And London has always been a rival to New York as a centre1 of global finance; especially after SarbOx, they gained the upper hand. No surprises there.
Perhaps this is the crux:
Madeleine Albright said during the meeting that America no longer had the intention of being the first nation of the world.
We may well have the intention of remaining the world’s preeminent nation, but like New Year’s resolutions and addicts in rehab, our actions often don’t match the intent.
Fortunately, there isn’t any credible challenger on the horizon - Russian culture and demographics are terminal; Western Europe appears to need to implode over the Boomer retirement crisis before they can get their minds right to move to a positive track; Brazil will get very rich over the next hundred years, but they don’t have a culture of striving or expansionism, and so unless that changes they’re very unlikely to seek to be a world power; Japan is toast demographically, and good riddance2; China is likely to have too many internal problems over the next forty years to replace the U.S. as the world’s primary power before mid-century, if ever.
India might take the mantle, but not unless the U.S. self-immolates (which unfortunately is not only more likely than ever before, but can happen more quickly than most people realize: See Napoleon, and Germany before WW I).
2 Japan committed more and harsher atrocities in WW II than either Germany or even the late and unlamented USSR, and is still less repentant about them than either of the former; Japanese culture appears to foment sadism.