Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Hegemon Blues

Phillip Carter recently summarized the divide in the American foreign policy community.

[O]ne of the quintessential problems at the heart of American foreign policy today. If we want to be the world's hegemon, as well as the world's parent, policeman and patron at the same time, then it shouldn't matter what the locals want. But if we want to be something more benevolent than that — a leader in the world, rather than a monarch — then we must secure local "buy in" for U.S. policies. |American in Africa - Intel Dump|
The neocons with the Project for a New American Century haven't been shy about the fact that they want to ruthlessly crush all resistance to American political and military domination.

Unfortunately, their standard bearers, Dubya and Cheney, have have been entirely inadequate in the crusade for world domination. That or the mission is undesirable and well nigh impossible, depending upon your political outlook.

Maybe I'm just a geek, but the whole idea of using armies and navies to control the world strikes me as positively medieval. We live in the 21st century where countries are tied together by trade and information sharing, look at China and Taiwan, for instance.

If we do want a territory invaded, we should outsource that (to a nation state, not a mercenary army). I argued before the Iraq invasion that if we were smart we would have paid the Turks to do it. I'm sure that would have been a lot cheaper than the $2 Trillion it is probably going to cost us for Dubya's little invasion plan.

And the irony is that the Turks invaded Iraq anyway!

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