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The Headless Superpower by Ross Douthat

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'IF the US imperium in all its might did not exist, then no one looking at recent events would doubt that the entire Middle East is on the verge of its own version of a Great War.Most of the elements that hurled European powers into conflicts in 1914 and 1939 are present in right now! Indeed what the Saudis and their allies are doing to Qatar is, by traditional definition, already an act of war closing borders and waterways & halting flights in a soft blockade. The shows of support for Qatar from the Iranians and Turkey, meanwhile, are the kind of steps that historically turn crises into open conflicts, as escalation feeds on escalation until the real war comes.' Our leaders can destabilize things from above, as George W. Bush did when he tried to remake Iraq by force of arms.Now, at the head,  is a man who has no idea what he’s doing in almost any aspect of the presidency.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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