One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

Return of the declinists

The spectre of “declinism” is back.  Robert Kagan Kaplan proves that he is very much a top-down, old-school, great-power political scientist, comparing the United States to…wait for it, because I’m sure you haven’t heard it before…the British Empire.  But Kaplan’s twist is that the accurate object of comparison for today’s Iraq war and ever-threatening “rise of Asia” is actually the 1857-58 Indian Mutiny.

Yes, that’s right, a global hegemon getting stuck in a war of choice is akin to colonial subjects rebelling against their imperialistic overlord.  Iraq’s — and Asia’s, for that matter — blatant revolt against American hegemony will surely cause the United States to restructure its empire global economic and military dominance…or we will squash them just like the Brits did with those uppity Indians for another 90 years or so.

December 17, 2008 - Posted by | U.S. Foreign policy | ,

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