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About U.S. hegemony.

Given, for example, that France is more philanthropic, per capita, than the rest of the world, including the U.S., and that countries, such as those in the Northeast region of Europe, seem to be doing relatively well regarding terrorism and associated threats, what reason is there for the U.S. to take "moral" or "military" leadership role within the world?

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  • Dec 27 2012: "what reason is there for the U.S. to take "moral" or "military" leadership role within the world?"

    1. Military leadership:

    Because we can and no other country can. IF the USA makes wise decisions regarding where and when to intervene, we could do a lot of good in the world. I recently viewed a documentary, "The World Without US" apparently based on a book by the same name, by Alan Weisman. It makes a good case that if the USA suddenly withdrew from the world the effect would be very bad for the rest of the world.

    2. Moral leadership:

    The USA has a very mixed record. How many countries have conquered half of Europe, then voluntary withdrawn, and then done anything similar to the Marshal Plan? I am fairly well read in history, and I think that was unique. The USA has performed some heinous acts of imperialism, and it is no exaggeration to say that it has propped up the entire free world. These are not good credentials for becoming a moral leader, but unless someone else steps up and takes the role, a future USA president just might. He would need much more courage, moral fortitude and strength of character than the current occupant.
    • Dec 28 2012: Some good points Barry. Weisman, if he emphasizes the concept of "suddenly", makes his argument at least minimally cogent against those who would otherwise disagree with him.

      Glad to hear that, although I personally believe that we may be called to take the high road and be a light unto others and are not, there is some thinking about what a future U.S. President might have to do, given his limited powers.

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