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  •  I disagree. (4+ / 0-)

    I agree that the underlying assumption of our idiot, though very well educated, pundit class is that if we don't control a particular necessary resource then the security of the USA will be undermined.

    But if we consider the concept of control, particularly considering the overwhelming influence of the military/industrial/congressional complex, any country out there that wants to exercise its sovereignty and manage its own resources quickly becomes a national security threat to the USA and, if they are strong enough to resist military intimidation, we (meaning our corporations) will make deals with them that will be tricky and corrupt, or, if they are weak, we will simply invade them and take control of their resources.

    In this scenario our "national security" represents not the well being and safety of our citizens but rather the profitability of our corporations and the value of their stock (which is what keeps the uber-rich rich).

    If we are expelled from Eurasia it will be because we are a ruthless, and waning, imperial power, who has lost all its allies, not to mention having demonstrated a clear and dangerous lack of respect for international law or the value of respectful diplomacy and business.

    It is amazing how the most expensive and elite Ivy league colleges produce the worst kind of people.

    Corporate PACs, not just bribery but a lifestyle!

    by rubine on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 10:52:57 AM PDT

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    •  I don't agree with Brzezinski at all (4+ / 0-)
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      What I agree with is that what he describes there is how he and the neocon/neoliberal US foreign policy establishment and the administration and the pentagon view the world.

      What Brzezinski misses is that his us versus them view of the world and the full spectrum dominance foreign policies and military actions that flow from it are what will bankrupt and bring the collapse of the US empire.

      According to the 2008 official Pentagon inventory of our military bases around the world, our empire consists of 865 facilities in more than 40 countries and overseas U.S. territories. We deploy over 190,000 troops in 46 countries and territories. In just one such country, Japan, at the end of March 2008, we still had 99,295 people connected to U.S. military forces living and working there -- 49,364 members of our armed services, 45,753 dependent family members, and 4,178 civilian employees. Some 13,975 of these were crowded into the small island of Okinawa, the largest concentration of foreign troops anywhere in Japan.

      These massive concentrations of American military power outside the United States are not needed for our defense. They are, if anything, a prime contributor to our numerous conflicts with other countries. They are also unimaginably expensive. According to Anita Dancs, an analyst for the website Foreign Policy in Focus, the United States spends approximately $250 billion each year maintaining its global military presence. The sole purpose of this is to give us hegemony -- that is, control or dominance -- over as many nations on the planet as possible.

      We are like the British at the end of World War II: desperately trying to shore up an empire that we never needed and can no longer afford, using methods that often resemble those of failed empires of the past -- including the Axis powers of World War II and the former Soviet Union. There is an important lesson for us in the British decision, starting in 1945, to liquidate their empire relatively voluntarily, rather than being forced to do so by defeat in war, as were Japan and Germany, or by debilitating colonial conflicts, as were the French and Dutch. We should follow the British example. (Alas, they are currently backsliding and following our example by assisting us in the war in Afghanistan.)

      Here are three basic reasons why we must liquidate our empire or else watch it liquidate us.

      -- Dismantling the Empire

      Antemedius: Liberally Critical Thinking

      by Edger on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 11:13:05 AM PDT

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