“STRATFOR” Geopolitical Weekly by George Friedman
“It is true that the United States did not genuinely intend to be an empire. It is also true that its intentions do not matter one way or another. Circumstance, history and geopolitics have created an entity that, if it isn’t an empire, certainly looks like one.
Empires are frequently feared, sometimes respected, but never loved by the rest of the world. And pretending that you aren’t an empire does not fool anyone.
Most empires do not plan to become one. They become one and then realize what they are. Sometimes they do not realize what they are for a long time, and that failure to see reality can have massive consequences. The American ideology and the American reality are not inherently incompatible. But two things must be faced:
First, the United States cannot give away the power it has. There is…
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