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Imperial America

What Makes Washington 'Imperial'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If imperial has any meaning in the post-colonial 21st century, it certainly means that the (super)power in question has an active interest in attempting to control significant swathes of the planet. In fact, there has never been a power, no matter how "great," that has, in such a militarized way, tried to put its stamp of control on so much of Planet Earth.

One and a Half Cheers for American Decline: The Future's Not Ours -- and That's Good News

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's actually going to feel better to be just another nation, one more country, even if a large and powerful one, on this overcrowded planet, rather than the nation.

Afghanistan: This Way to the Egress

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The Obama people's muscular policies are cast in the certainties and self-righteousness that have become the theme music to all we do. The volume grows in proportion to the decline in our ability to accomplish anything of value in the world. Whistling past the graveyard of our failures, we obsessively return to the tunes we sang with lusty, and more innocent, self-confidence as a younger nation. Our foreign policy elite have not the mind, the mentality nor the skills to imagine it otherwise. The irony of our deeply-troubled, financially-strapped nation presuming to arrange the affairs of everybody else on the planet escapes them.

The Guns of August: Lowering the Flag on the American Century

Chalmers Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chalmers Johnson

Thirty-five years from now, America's official century of being top dog (1945-2045) will have come to an end; its time may, in fact, be running out right now. We are likely to begin to look ever more like a giant version of England.