Overreach: America's Imperial Waterloo?
All empires fail. America won't be an exception to the rule.
by Stephen Lendman
Arrogance defines US imperialism. In 1945, America's economic, political and military dominance stood unchallenged.
In his book titled, " The World in Crisis : The End of the American Century" historian Gabriel Kolko said US decline "began after the Korean War, was continued in relation to Cuba, and was greatly accelerated in Vietnam - but (GW Bush did) much to exacerbate it further."
Obama exceeded the worst Bush policies. If reelected, he'll surpass what he's already done. So will Romney. Will waging war on humanity be America's Waterloo?
Immanuel Wallerstein also sees US dominance declining. He dates it from the 1970s. Post-9/11, it accelerated. "The economic, political and military factors that contributed to US hegemony are the same (ones) inexorably produc(ing) the coming US decline," he believes.
Chalmers Johnson wrote extensively on America's decline. His trilogy covers it in detail:
- " Blowback : The Costs and Consequences of American Empire;
- "The Sorrows of Empire : Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic;" and
- " Nemesis : The Last Days of the American Republic."
They discuss imperial arrogance, hubris, and overreach. Johnson described what he called "arrogant and misguided American policies (that) headed us for a series of catastrophes comparable to our disgrace and defeat in Vietnam or even to the sort of extinction that befell....the Soviet Union (that he believes is) now unavoidable."
It's "too late for mere scattered reforms of our government or bloated military to make much of a difference," he added.
America is plagued by the same dynamic that doomed other empires unwilling to change. Elements include "isolation, overstretch, the uniting of local and global forces opposed to imperialism, and in the end bankruptcy."
Tyranny and loss of personal freedom follow. It arrived unannounced. It's wrapped in an American flag. It'll harden. It's heading the nation for ruin.