Comments on: Global risk of U.S. impotence at heart of WikiLeak http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: IntoTheTardis http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/comment-page-1/#comment-5215 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:35:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=4727#comment-5215 If we hadn’t rushed headlong into Afghanistan and Iraq, squandering trillions and wearing out our armed forces in the process, taking on Iran wouldn’t seem nearly as daunting. Now the mere thought of military intervention in Iran sends shivers up our collective spines, including those of the fire breathing Neocons (even they know that we aren’t fit to take on another ground war). And if that weren’t bad enough, we now have the Chinese asserting themselves in truly unimaginable ways. Who would have thought they’d have the capability or the nerve to launch a missile a mere forty miles off the coast of California? There’s a reason the Pentagon hasn’t leveled with us about that incident — they’re scared to let the American people know that our worst enemy may be our largest trading partner.

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By: Heretic1 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/comment-page-1/#comment-5212 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:05:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=4727#comment-5212 I have grown up in the USSR which self-proclaimed itself the leader of the progressive world and eventually failed. USA self-proclaimed itself the leader of the democratic (and possiblky the whole) world, and it is failing for the same reasons. All the countries cherish their freedom (including even the freedom to make mistakes), and they typically do not want to be led by anybody, even by the allegedly (but not really) benevolent superpower like US. And I am quite comfortable with that.

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By: ARJTurgot2 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/comment-page-1/#comment-5210 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:34:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=4727#comment-5210 Economic decline, maybe; military decline, no. But, we can’t garrison the whole world, even if they are willing which they most assuredly aren’t, and most of us don’t want to anyway. Still, I can recall others, including guys like Henry Kissinger, pronouncing the triumph of the Soviets and the decline of the west.

Never, ever, underestimate your enemy’s ability to make as many or more mistakes than you. Ahmadinejad is one riot away from a lynching. The rising son in N.Korea is so addicted to western pleasures we will probably be able to buy the whole country as soon as China puts it on the market, unless China decides it wants it as a market for itself. Chavez joins Danny Ortega the first time he disappoints one of his generals. Eventually, China is going to look north and see lots of raw materials…

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By: Gotthardbahn http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/comment-page-1/#comment-5209 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:55:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=4727#comment-5209 Actually, Mr. Hutchinson, I believe you have a point. It is quite evident that America, and the West, has been ill-served by the recent occupants of the White House, both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama. Talk of the American ‘hyper-power’ seems like a million years ago, and at present there really doesn’t seem to be anyone in US politics of the stature of Ronald Reagan, for instance, who seems capable of taking charge of the situation and setting things right. Europe taking a leadership role? China? As if. The most likely outcome, unfortunately, will be American isolationism, and that is in no one’s interest.

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By: davidldahmen http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/comment-page-1/#comment-5208 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:53:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=4727#comment-5208 Come,come Mr Hutchinson. As problematic and bare knuckled as foreign policy is, I don’t think the world is presently as anarchistic and dangerous as was the state of personal safety in Thomas Hobb’s century when he wrote the Leviathan. Being a scholarly person, you are aware that amongst Hobbs’ works is an excellent translation of Thucydide’s “The Pelopenisian Wars”. It begins with a discusion of banditry in Greece before the classic period. Now that sort of insecurity really did impress Hobbs, as it does me, and influenced Hobbs’ writings in favor of hegemony in the political area.

Today it is simply an ethical imperative that the rest of the world begins to find and make heard thier voice in international afairs.

Analogous counterexamples demonstrating that good results can obtain without hegemony consists of the formation of the European Union and the Southeast Asian trading block.These would be inviable under conditions of absolute hegemony.

I agree totally with you that the Wikileaks situation illustrates the progressive weakening of American hegemony. Nevertheless there are many historians who feel that a silver lining is to be found in that particulair cloud.

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By: mheld45 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2010/11/29/global-risk-of-u-s-impotence-at-heart-of-wikileak/comment-page-1/#comment-5205 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 02:22:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=4727#comment-5205 Give me a break, Mr. Hutchinson. There is some real substance to be digested in these criminally leaked documents, such as the clear solidarity of Arab countries with the US on the issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. This is quite unlike “hegomonism”, a word you appear to love.

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