To think that the US is trying to run the world...
People need to realize that the US is leading the world, NOT trying to control it.
How very noble of you... so instead of outright dictating what the rest of the world should do you only manipulate and strong-arm them? Tell me, is that the kind of leadership
like we see from the Egyptian authorities right now?
Maybe the US needs to realise that the world doesn't want to be lead
. Ever thought of that? This unilateralism stinks to hell. At least it got a little bit better with Obama.
Sure, we get involved with all kinds of shit, all over the world. But when you have the power, and ability, it's best to use it for the greater good.
And what greater good would that be? Yours? The West's?
It may not always be popular to get involved with other people's affairs, but if the US just forsake the world, and formed a symbolic shield around it's borders, not only would we be more open to attack,
Don't you realise that a great deal of why the US is such a popular target is because you stick your noses (and money and guns) into everybody else's affairs? Maybe if you weren't invading countries and propping up dictators with money and military aid, you'd actually have a better reputation...
but some may even rationalize it as if the US, and by extension, it's citizens were living large, and enjoying the good life, and couldn't care less if the rest of the world burned.
That would actually be a great idea. Stop "caring" and stop burning the rest of the world.
So we like to know what's going on, and what our potential enemies might be up to.
It's a matter of national security, and really, just common sense. It's best to take out your enemies while they're still weak.
Oh yeah, right. I mean who needs civil liberties, or for that matter, the law anyway? It's about NATIONAL SECURITY. The one argument to end them all. Hey, why don't we go abduct and torture a couple of people? You know, it's a matter of national security.
You DO remember Hitler right?
No, but I'm surprised you think so. Actually, I don't think anyone on this board is old enough to remember him...
I never said the world "needs" our leadership.
Then why imply that it's the right thing? So you acknowledge the world doesn't need it, yet somehow you still do it?
It's not a literal statement anyway.
It's not like we're giving orders or some shit like that.
Oh, but you do. All over the world.
It means, in terms of innovation,
Yes certainly. If you mean hardcore capitalism. Not sure if that's something to be overly proud of though.
Probably on par with Europe and some Asian countries.
Depends on what kind of technology, but generally, yes.
Certainly. And look at what it costs you...
...just overall really. We are leading the way.
Currently you're leading the way down
. I'd rather not follow there, thank you.
Maybe it's time for some in the US to come to terms with reality and embrace it, instead of keeping up delusional ideas of a place at the top as the world's one and only super power. Times are changing. The power of the US is in slow but steady decline while new players in the global game are coming up. The US should better learn fast how to get by in a group of "equals" or it's in for a big, nasty surprise this century...
And don't just label me a US-hating socialist at a counterargument. It's not that simple.