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America's Role in a Darkening Age

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 9:01 AM
America's problem was that starting with the Spanish American War, and really taking off since WWII, we've had this notion that we could rule the world. Half the reason for the United Nations was supposed to be an organization of the United States of Earth, with the U.S. as the capital. But this notion of empire by conquest and coercion destroyed the very things that made America exceptional enough for other states to petition to join our union. It's been over 50 years since anyone asked to join the United States, good evidence that we are NOT an example of how to run a country, or the world.

When, in the 1950s, Nikita Khrushchev said, "We will bury you," and, "Your children will live under communism," Eisenhower's America scoffed.

By 1980, however, the tide did indeed seem to be with the East.

America had suffered a decade of defeats. Southeast Asia had fallen. The ayatollah had seized power in Iran. Moscow had occupied Afghanistan. Cuban troops were in Ethiopia and Angola. Grenada and Nicaragua had fallen to the Soviet bloc. Eurocommunism was all the rage on the continent.

Just a decade later, the world turned upside-down.

The Berlin Wall fell. Eastern Europe was...