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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

What's called the American century was really just a little more than half a century, and that was the span of Richard Holbrooke's life. It began with the Second World War and the creative burst that followed -- the United Nations, the Atlantic alliance, containment, the free world -- and it went through dizzying lows and highs, until it expired the day before yesterday. The thing that brings on doom to great powers -- is it simple hubris, or decadence and squander, a kind of inattention, loss of faith, or just the passage of years?

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As Holbrook was dying, his last words were, "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," his family has disclosed.

Mr Holbrooke, 69, President Barack Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke the words to his Pakistani surgeon as he was sedated for an operation.

www.telegraph.co.uk

As for the ending of the Americans Century.... America had an advantage after WW2 as it was the only nation that mattered that hadn't been bombed to bits and still had it's factories functioning and intact.

And the system of world trade was tilted.. along with the US Dollar... in America's favor.

NOW it's a different story.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-16 08:03 AM | Reply

The End of the American Century will be in 2020 when Trump is re-elected with Russia's help, once more. And will commence The Russian Century with Trump's help, once more.

#2 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-04-16 12:22 PM | Reply

creative burst that followed -- the United Nations, the Atlantic alliance, containment, the free world -- and it went through dizzying lows and highs, until it expired the day before yesterday. The thing that brings on doom to great powers -- is it simple hubris, or decadence and squander, a kind of inattention, loss of faith, or just the passage of years?

POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

When you say 'creative' I think of arts and sciences, not politics and diplomacy. The works of Tesla were stolen by the US government in 1947-ish and that accounted for the bulk of the 'american' scientific creativity of the era. The German jews (Einstein, oppenheimer, werner von braun, robert goddard) accounted for the rest. Hemingway, Samuel Clemmons, Ayn Rand, Edgar allen Poe, Picasso, etc... added artistic creativity.

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2019-04-16 01:01 PM | Reply

Obligatory. Opening Scene of the Newsroom.

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#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-04-16 02:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The manufacturing we once had, our government has given up voluntarily, in pursuit of short term profits for indifferent Corporations, consistent with class warfare waged by the 1%. Simultaneously we have leveraged dollar hegemony and military force to sustain enormous cash flows. But military force and debt breed anger and resentment, and so a backlash is beginning to form. Alternate banking systems, a new silk road, an International Court determined to tame US belligerent militarism, Russian troops in Syria and Venezuela, China creating Islands in the South China Sea...

Post WWII the USA was the planet's savior. That position can be restored, but not with out of control military spending. The rest of the world doesn't appreciate it and it leaves a large swath of American citizens in very bad shape.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-16 02:33 PM | Reply

What we need is a Project for a New American Century!

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-16 04:36 PM | Reply

"The thing that brings on doom to great powers -- is it simple hubris, or decadence and squander, a kind of inattention, loss of faith, or just the passage of years?"

It's the Electoral College, subverting the will of the people to nail our coffin first with Bush and then with Trump.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-16 05:35 PM | Reply

We used to be a great nation that marched for civil rights, that believed in people smarter than ourselves, that built great things like the Hoover Dam and Interstate Highway system, that did great things like land on the moon. We were world leaders and we led great coalitions.

The older generation ruined that. Their selfish "Me First" and "I know everything" attitude destroyed this country. And now they elected Donald Trump, one of their own, for one last laugh before they die.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-04-16 06:24 PM | Reply

The End of the American Century will be in 2020 when Trump is re-elected with Russia's help, once more.
#2 | POSTED BY GETOFFMEDZ

Let's hope Muleman is still alive for another speshul invegerstashun if this happens again.
Which of course would mean we haven't learned a thing re russa.

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-04-16 06:28 PM | Reply

"Which of course would mean we haven't learned a thing re russa."

Team Trump lied over 100 times about meetings with Russians. Why are you OK with that? Why are you OK with being played like a chump?

#10 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-04-16 06:34 PM | Reply

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#10
Is that your retort to my post? Are you hearing voices?

#11 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-04-16 06:39 PM | Reply

#11

So are going to answer my question, or are you going to continue to tap dance? Team Trump lied repeatedly about contacts with Russia. Why are you okay with being treated like a battered spouse ?

#12 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-04-16 06:52 PM | Reply

Which of course would mean we haven't learned a thing re russa.

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

You dont think it's valuable to learn that a foreign enemy is trying to influence our election and elect certain politicians that they think will hurt america and help their country?

I guess as long as you think your "team" is winning, you'd take assistance from putin, kim jong, hitler, who cares?

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-04-16 07:18 PM | Reply

I don't know what news you birds listen to, but everyone *knows the ruskies interfered with the election.
Once again, hoping you mushroom heads get it...
It should not happen again because of what we know what to look for.
So..if Trump wins again, it can't be the russans.

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-04-16 07:59 PM | Reply

#14 terminally stupid nonsense.

Was that supposed to answer the question or was it just fancier tap dancing?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-16 08:57 PM | Reply

"I don't know what news you birds listen to..."

So you can't address the issue of Trump lying to you, and expecting you to swallow those lies happily.

No surprise here.

#16 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-04-16 10:37 PM | Reply

Again, this is a white-American problem.

Since after the Spanish American War, Puerto Rico is well entwined with gruesome American politics. For native Puertorricans, American politics meant slavery, usury, massacres, weapons testing, using Puertorrican political prisoners as lab rats for radiation tests at GITMO and many more atrocities. We know through history and present lessons that White America couldn't care less about anyone other than white Americans.

Now white America has lost the "American Dream." As far as Hispanic Americans are concerned, we're not helping you out of your rut. You've put our children in cages like dogs and then you ask us to help you regain white America's past glory. We don't need more political rhetoric; you make promises that amount to nothing. We're not helping you fight another civil war. We'll come out of the woodwork when it's done.

#17 | Posted by MisterCarajo at 2019-04-17 09:02 AM | Reply

#14 - What motivates you to defend Trump and Russia? платить

#18 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-04-17 12:44 PM | Reply

"As for the ending of the Americans Century.... America had an advantage after WW2 as it was the only nation that mattered that hadn't been bombed to bits and still had it's factories functioning and intact."

That is an excellent point. But who paid for all the American manufacturing output? European factories were destroyed but so was their wealth to pay for their rebuilding, and to pay for the goods and services that were provided to them by American output?

Who paid for all that? The Marshall Plan that's who. Who who subsidized the Marshall plan? The American taxpayer.

So while your talking point is straight out of the Heritage Foundation, and is meant to dampen any argument to bring back taxation and regulation policies that might postpone the end of the American century, a deeper analysis of that Heritage Foundation manufactured argument reveals just the opposite.

The Marshall Plan was a massive government intervention in the marketplace subsidized by much higher taxation on the wealthy and much higher government regulation of corporations and banks so they couldn't keep all their income to themselves. And they couldn't pollute to their hearts content.

So if we want to bring back American greatness, we need a government more like what we had in the 40s 50s and 60s. Higher taxes on the wealthy, more government programs and not less, and much more regulation of banks and corporations and a much more powerful working class. Probably via a resurgence in Union membership.

Because it wasn't just because we had the factories. We could run them at full throttle and pay for them. We could do great things back then. Now we can barely keep our bridges intact.

The next century will be named after the nation/society that mobilize its working classes like we did in the 40s 50s and 60s. The only one close to doing that is China. Though (socialist by our standards) Germany is doing a pretty good job.

#19 | Posted by prius04 at 2019-04-17 03:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think humanity is evolving into a new era due to the explosion of high-tech. Like how the Industrial revolution replaced our agrarian society and culminated and climaxed into the Civil War. We're under going major growing pains with this new era. Trump and his followers represent the resistance to this change and the clinging to old ways; however on the other side the Democrats dont seem to have any vision or fresh ideas themselves and I think this largely because most are too old and need to retire.

We need a bold new leadership with a right vision for the future that'll keep us as a major player in the world. If we don't, we'll go the way as Rome did.

#20 | Posted by shane at 2019-04-17 03:53 PM | Reply

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