Posted on | August 18, 2013 | 18 Comments
— Smitty, Rodeologist (@smitty_one_each) August 19, 2013
The argument in favor of U.S. hegemony since WWII has been “Well, who else do you trust?”
60 years on, well into the Information Age, it’s no longer clear we trust ourselves: to manage information; to budget; to tell the difference between the Good Guys and the Bad Guys.
While I’m on Chapter Four of the new Mark Levin book (which read), part of the come-to-Beevis moment our country needs is a foreign policy review. It’s hard to be the land of individual liberty AND the land of “form up and march”.
As a veteran, I’m perfectly comfortable with the notion that the best defense is a good offense. Also, post-Bretton Woods and the National Security Act of 1947, the U.S. had the ball for protecting the West against the Soviets, in exchange for the privilege of being the world reserve currency.
Irrespective of consequences, I’d take the position that, if we can’t pull our own heads out of that sunless location, we can’t be much use to anyone else. Keep the Navy/Marine Corps team for traditional sea control, disaster relief, and “gentle reminders”. However, let’s just consider that, 20 years after the U.S.S.R. wheezed its last, the Iraq/Afghanistan-style power projection thing is substantially done.
Hegemony was a powerful drug. And we can support groups of allies standing up against, say, China. Fight their wars, though? Not without the thought given a proper Declaration of War, the last of which was in WWII.