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Capt_Nemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 06:17 AM
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22. Very good essay. But if I may make some remarks:
Edited on Mon Feb-28-05 06:38 AM by Capt_Nemo
1. "with the creation of the state of Israel, the strategically-vital Middle East"
Well to be precise, in the 40s it was the Soviets that were counting on Israel
to establish a foothold in the region, channeling their support through
Czhecoslovakia.
But then came the blowback for the soviets when Israel chose France and the UK as allies.
The strategic alignement between US and Israel only becomes fully materialized
after Israel loses the support of France somewhere between the
'67 and the '73 wars.

2. "It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when the third American empire came into being, but a hockey game will suffice as a marker"
From a symbolic point of view it is a very good way of introducing what
you named as the the third American empire, but from an historical
point of view there is an event that happened months earlier which I
find more relevant because of the way it mirrors the current overstretch
of the American empire and what it may indicate as the probable future
of US power:
The soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
This proved to be the fatal mistake in a long succession of blunders
by the Brezhnev government. It was the straw that broke the camel's
back. The USSR's Military Industrial Complex was out of control, trying to match every move of it's US counterpart but in a country with a GDP
that was one fourth of the US GDP. Add to this the Afghan quagmire
and the co-opting of China by the West (it could be THIS that realy
won the Cold War, so maybe it was Nixon and not Reagan that did it)
and the seeds were sown for the colapse of the USSR, the event that completes the emergence of that third american empire.

3. There is not enough emphasis the blowback perspective of 9/11. September 11
as the inevitable consequence of 50 years of US foreign policy based on the
principle that my enemy's enemy is my friend, that bred Saddam, OBL
among other notorious characters.
September 11 as part of the price the US had to pay to win the cold war.
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