10 May '16 20:43>
Who rules the world? America is no longer the obvious answer
Originally posted by FishHead111Well the wording can be a little coy but it is real enough to make it a fair topic of discussion:
Don't recall the USA ever declaring that it ruled the world.
Originally posted by normbenignYou illustrate very cutely the comment that In "scaring hell out of the American people," as Senator Arthur Vandenberg said in 1947, the U.S.-Soviet rivalry helped to secure domestic support for Washington's ambition to create a U.S.-dominated world order.
If the USA showed less interest in the rest of the world would the rest of the world leave us alone?
Originally posted by finneganUntil recently, the only cogent argument for US involvement offshore was our lack of domestic oil reserves.
Well the wording can be a little coy but it is real enough to make it a fair topic of discussion:
[i]Ask National Security Council staff members, think-tank analysts, or State Department policy planners about America's globe-girdling security commitments and they will deliver very different answers - ones ...[text shortened]... e. A lot of people call it trying to rule the world and they have sound arguments for doing so.
Originally posted by normbenignCan't remember the title, but there was a fictional video of what would happen to the world if the US became isolationist. It opened with a presidential candidate that ran on a platform of withdrawing from everywhere and letting Europe pick up the slack and try to take care of the world's problems or just let the rest of the world go to hell. It followed what would happen after his election. The result wasn't pretty for the planet.
Until recently, the only cogent argument for US involvement offshore was our lack of domestic oil reserves.
What would you think if the US simply stopped dealing with the rest of the world, Other than a lack of domestic petroleum, which we could get from Mexico and Canada, what would you think about a hands off, non interference policy for America? I would favor it, even though some goods would be more costly.
Originally posted by finneganThis is one area I do agree with Donald Trump on. America has been trying to play the role of world policeman for too long. The trouble spots you speak of are noteworthy, but it's not America's obligation to solve the world's problems. It's time for other countries to take more responsibility for their own situations.
[b]The Islamic world
Let us turn to the third region of major concern, the (largely) Islamic world, also the scene of the global war on terror (GWOT) that George W Bush declared in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attack. To be more accurate, re-declared.
The GWOT was declared by the Reagan administration when it took office, with fevered rhetoric ...[text shortened]... tly record reveals, not an unusual one, going back to its modern origins four centuries ago.[/b]