Monday, August 11, 2008

Kagan on The Return of History & the End of Dreams

Robert Kagan is perhaps the most acutely perceptive observer of "Die Untergang des Abendlands," the end of western hegemony as a new century/millenium dawns & America dozes the deep slumber that obesity & overconsumption induces.
Historians will come to view Aug. 8, 2008, as a turning point no less significant than Nov. 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Russia's attack on sovereign Georgian territory marked the official return of history, indeed to an almost 19th-century style of great-power competition, complete with virulent nationalisms, battles for resources, struggles over spheres of influence and territory, and even -- though it shocks our 21st-century sensibilities -- the use of military power to obtain geopolitical objectives. Yes, we will continue to have globalization, economic interdependence, the European Union and other efforts to build a more perfect international order. But these will compete with and at times be overwhelmed by the harsh realities of international life that have endured since time immemorial. The next president had better be ready.

Even though Nora O'Donnell and other media mavens may disagree, perhaps the pivot point of 2008 isn't change, but a return to the values that kept democracy alive when its enemies [Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, BabyKim & Saddam] sought its downfall.

And were eagerly aided by quislings in the USA, including the Hollyweird Ten & other "fellow travellers," who now reincarnate their treason by blaming the US & Georgia for provoking a brutal dwarf who wants to be a czar....!

These lefty blogs blame McCain and exalt Obambi because he will be pliant enough to sooth the hurt feelings of Vlad The Empoisoner & his KGB hit-thugs.

God help us if we elect another empty-headed smiley-face like James Earl Carter---I wish Hillary were the Dem nominee so we could actually have two candidates for POTUS with real balls!

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