The “superpower” conceit

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by Justin Raimondo

07/29/09

The worst outcome of Obama’s Middle Eastern ‘peace’ project would be for it to succeed, because, in that event, we would engender growing hostility from both sides, as the impracticality of the arrangements caused the Grand Accord to fall apart at the seams. The desire by the U.S. to take on this thankless task is based in the same sort of hubris that drove us to invade Iraq (twice). It continues to burden the rest of the region — and the world — with the costs of a seemingly endless war. Who are we, anyway, to be ‘brokering’ anything? Why, we’re the world’s only ’superpower’ — or, as the French would have it, ‘hyperpower’ — and it’s our obligation (yes, a moral obligation!) to lead. Right? Now we’re getting at the core of the folly that drives U.S. presidents to attempt the impossible, all without a thought for the costs...

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