Saturday, February 23, 2008
Waving Goodbye to Hegemony
Just a few years ago, America’s hold on global power seemed unshakable. But a lot has changed while we’ve been in Iraq — and the next president is going to be dealing with not only a triumphant China and aretooled Europe but also the quiet rise of a “second world.
Turn on the TV today, and you could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1999. Democrats and Republicans are bickering about where and how to intervene, whether to do it alone or with allies and what kind of world America should lead. Democrats believe they can hit a reset button, and Republicans believe muscular moralism is the way to go. It’s as if the first decade of the 21st century didn’t happen — and almost as if history itself doesn’t happen. But the distribution of power in the world has fundamentally altered over the two presidential terms of George W. Bush, both because of his policies and, more significant, despite them. Maybe the best way to understand how quickly history happens is to look just a bit ahead.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/magazine/27world-t.html?ex=1360126800&en=cca31ce895570b74&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent"