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;