I asked Biden about the surprise applause line in President Obama's State of the Union speech -- "I do not accept second place for the United States of America." Will we hear more on the America-as-No.-1 theme?
What followed was a torrent, in red, white and blue.
"From me you're going to hear more," he replied emphatically. "I want to tell you something, because if we cede the ground to those who suggest that -- I don't mean foreigners, I mean domestic critics -- that somehow, we are destined to fulfill (historian Paul) Kennedy's prophecy that we are going to be a great nation that has failed because we lost control of our economy and overextended, then we might as well throw it in now, for God's sake. I mean it's ridiculous."
Our military is rushing anti-missile batteries to Iran's Arab neighbors in the Gulf in anticipation of new Iranian military escalation.
As in the case of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, the U.S. both gives the most aid to a devastated Haiti and still seems to receive the most criticism.
China has just warned us not to supply more armaments to Taiwan.
Our Predator drones continue to be the judge, jury and executioner of suspected terrorists in Pakistan.
What's gone wrong with Obama's dream of multilateral cooperation?
For starters, the world's tensions were not caused by, and remain far larger, than George W. Bush -- and thus cannot be so easily solved by his absence.
Obama also has apparently confused what people say with what nations do.
Dionne wants us to believe that all repubs can do is cut taxes and spend military dollars to counter the idea of decline..as opposed to creating a gazillion engineers and scientists forming the ground on which the economy is built, and VDH accurately points out that behind a monstrous economy you need more as well.
But there is no doubt that American supremacy is based on economic might (backing historian Kennedy's thesis), and that the dems believe that economy depends on govt guidance and formation. The republicans believe that the historical model of free markets and free enterprise FORMED economic might ..and the dem respond that against today's China, India, EU and low labor costs, that model is dead.
Sorry but we need a lot of the latter and a little of the former. We depend on the govt to ACCURATELY IDENTIFY which educational and economic items to fortify mightily with tax dollars to support scholarships and tax cuts and grants (hint...DIVERSITY as a mandated outcome does not help, nor IMHO does religiously motivated curtailment of research). We depend on the govt to prevent other govts from unfairly targeting our businesses, and ensuring fair trade is maintained, and finally we depend on the govt to ensure that foreign intimidation and force does not affect the growth of American business.
But the govt cannot create wealth.
It can only make the creation of wealth easier or harder. Creation of real wealth comes from the individual mind, and the individual back, then expanded to many.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
"The problem is if they think they )the citizens) are not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does, the central government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you. So, it’s not up to the individuals. Even if they think they aren't doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target."
--- William Binney, National Security Agency
"An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."
"I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't." ~~~~~Bono~~~~~