How did America lose the world? Through an ignorance of history, an embrace of ideology, and an arrogance of power—hubris. And George W. Bush came to personify all three. Great empires and small minds go ill together, said Burke. Small minds, wedded to great egos, may have cost us the Second American Century.
In August 1990, however, Saddam Hussein, led to believe the United States would not interfere, invaded Kuwait and declared the oil-rich emirate Iraq’s lost nineteenth province. “This will not stand!” thundered George H. W. Bush.
(following the fall of the Soviet Union) All America ever sought had come to pass. But rather than seize the opportunity to shed our Cold War commitments, pull up the trip wires for war planted around the world by Dean Acheson and John Foster Dulles, recapture our freedom of action, and restore a traditional foreign policy, Republicans began colluding with Democrats to tie us down in a New World Order in which U.S. wealth and power would be conscripted for causes having nothing to do with the vital interests of the United States. America, after a half century on stormy and violent seas, had reached safe harbor—only to have her captain lift anchor and set sail for destinations unknown, without consulting the crew.
But America was the last superpower, and she had proclaimed her new mission: Punish aggressors, preserve the peace, police the planet, in service to mankind. Pax Americana had been declared. (the author still falls for imperial, but good intentions-in reality, these goals ultimate ends were simple–demand the world conform to the Anglo-Saxon form of debt induced finance capitalism and American transnational corporates dominance) But the American people, who would have to contribute the blood and treasure to sustain the New World Order, had yet to be consulted on their new imperial role. Nor had the world.
—Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart (Buchanan, Patrick J.)
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi issued a ‘prophetic’ warning to Tony Blair that jihadists would attack Europe if his regime was allowed to collapse, phone conversations reveal.Gaddafi’s dire prediction was made in two desperate telephone calls with Mr Blair on February 25, 2011 – as civil war was engulfing Libya.In the first call at 11.15am, Gaddafi said: “They [jihadists] want to control the Mediterranean and then they will attack Europe.”