Monday, February 21, 2005

U.S. Becoming Irrelevant

I don't really think so, but at a time when our democracy and military security should make us the default leader for the entire world, other nations are looking elsewhere for support in building their future. An India Times editorial gives an eye opening summary of what countries are doing right now to build and grow economically and militarily without, or in spite of, the United States.

We all remember the Bush warnings to the United Nations about the risk of becoming irrelevant if America's call to disarm? Iraq went unheeded. Well, we could easily see ourselves in a similar context regarding global alliances outside the U.N. The Russian-China alliance and the looming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) agreement could create truly competitive forces in the world-at-large.

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way?" That attitude has brought us to here. Now, Dr. Rice, if you truly have influence in the Oval Office, maybe you should push to add "join" to our list of active options.


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