Liquidating the Empire

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  1. KenH

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    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]An absolutely great opinion column by Pat Buchanan. :thumbs:[/FONT]



    Liquidating the Empire
    by Patrick J. Buchanan

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]A decade ago, Oldsmobile went. Last year, Pontiac. Saturn, Saab and Hummer were discontinued. A thousand GM dealerships shut down. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]To those who grew up in a "GM family," where buying a Chrysler was like converting to Islam, what happened to GM was deeply saddening. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Yet the amputations had to be done – or GM would die. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]And the same may be about to happen to the American Imperium. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Its birth can be traced to World War II, when America put 16 million men in uniform and sent millions across the seas to crush Nazi Germany and Japan. After V-E and V-J Day, the boys came home. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]But with the Stalinization of half of Europe, the fall of China, and war in Korea came NATO and alliances with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan and Australia that lasted through the Cold War. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]In 1989, however, the Cold War ended dramatically with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the retirement of the Red Army from Europe, the break-up of the Soviet Union and Beijing's abandonment of world communist revolution. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Overnight, our world changed. But America did not change.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Liquidation of this empire should have begun with the end of the Cold War. Now it is being forced upon us by the deficit-debt crisis. Like GM, we can't kick this can up the road any more, because we have come to the end of the road.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Republicans will fight new taxes. Democrats will fight to save social programs. Which leaves the American empire as the logical lead cow for the butcher's knife. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Indeed, how do conservatives justify borrowing hundreds of billions yearly from Europe, Japan and the Gulf states – to defend Europe, Japan and the Arab Gulf states? Is it not absurd to borrow hundreds of billion annually from China – to defend Asia from China? Is it not a symptom of senility to borrow from all over the world in order to defend that world? [/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Ron Paul's victory at CPAC may be a sign the prodigal sons of the right are casting off the heresy of neoconservatism and coming home to first principles.[/FONT]

    - rest at www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan131.html
     
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  2. ktn4eg

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    Pat Buchanan's book A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny [Regnery Publishing, Inc.; (c) 1999] greatly expands on this thesis.

    Its 400-page text (+ end notes & index) is an excellent summary of America's foreign policy down through the years. To quote the flyleaf:

    "Surveying the sweep of our nation's history, Buchanan demonstrates how America's liberty is best protected when the United States pursues its own vital interests, and how our liberty is most endangered when we embark on international crusades that are divorced from those interests."

    It's a fascinating read! :thumbsup:
     
  3. just-want-peace

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    I was pretty well with you till this!

    AFAIC, this is equivalent to realizing you have a toothache, and a heart attack, but deciding to just get the tooth fixed and then see how you are after that.

    Now if you want to get serious about "fixing" things, START with elimination of most, if not all, of the alphabet agencies now a part of the feds; then seriously curtail/eliminate all foreign aid. - Revamp legislative pay & perks - eliminate the fed unions - downsize & massively revamp the IRS - ---IOW get government BACK to what the constitution authorizes only!!

    This would just be a START, but a good start!

    Incidentally, I have no problem with your point (the quote) but it most certainly would not be a top priority, considering all the other boondoggles now in existence.
     

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