The United States has had moderately bad foreign policy management since the end of the Reagan administration and brief transitional period into the first half of the first Bush (41) administration. Today the subtle decline of foreign policy, congressional credibility, domestic economic leadership and energy policy have merged into a general loss of the United States in global environmental, economic and social standing. Yet in the rave broadcast era the public has largely been trained not to care and maladroit democratic Presidential candidate’s ideas about the Iraq nation-building inefficiencies with far too much loss of life reflect a neo-isolationist retreat political philosophy supported by more faith in the rest of the world for-itself than in the United States. The bad democrat policies fail to address numerous regional and global issues in which the investment in the security of Iraq is just one part of a more complex, integrated world phenomenon.
The democrat party may be stuck in a Reagan-Bush era cold war victory and free pass the 90’s worldview, yet it does not in any way reflect the aggressively challenging position the United States is in as it approaches the second decade of the third millennium anno domini. Neither does the policy of the Bush branch of the Republican Party support American domestic and global interests very well; instead they support corporate global piggybacking and sell-outs of U.S. corporations to the world.
Corporatism isn’t a policy that well serves the poor of the world nor interests of the American middle class. It is a an MBA generation outsource economic control through mergers policy that leaves Americans holding the bag on the plurality of infrastructure investment development…and global corporations are unlikely to favor raising or paying any taxes for public works in the United States including education. The United States will continue to fall behind the developing world in comparative education quality improvement rates as well as in graduation of engineers, research, development, production and manufacturing. The federal debt, the current accounts trade deficits, the national savings rate, the number of foreign dollars held abroad and the likely eventual drop of the dollar as the essential global currency and standard for oil trading present very substantial negative economic and social factors for the United States now and in the coming decades. Is the United States in any way able to meet the challenge or will it continue to be a nation riding the coattails of a 20th century technical and production brilliance never reached before?
The United States seems to be in a meaningful comparative decline in the world today largely because of historically advancing political and geographic alterity unaddressed by contemporary politicians. The failure of American politicians to restore individual home power energy independence to as liberal of a status as during 18th century reliance on home-grown grass to fuel personal equine transport has trained Americans to tithe Mecca daily at the pump in a manner of speaking.
Dubai is an amazing example of construction and economic growth surging ahead and drawing the allegiance of the Bush administration’s hordes of oil and oil field services supporters from the rouge states. While the Muslim world has a basic split between Shiite and Sunni, most Muslim states have budget surpluses and fundamental policies not useful to American direct investment interests in the leadership of the United States. Why should it?
Neither the Muslim world nor moderately communist China have any rational reason to prefer to support economic and environmental leadership by the United States especially when the United States seem to be in a policy of running away from leadership, watching everything on 7 foot home big screen TV’s, and leaving leadership to a commander in Chief Napoleaning a volunteer military on borrowed money. It is unfortunate that rebuilding Iraq required more intelligence than playing T-ball at the White House. Probably T-ball was the President’s best idea.
The United States today may be a nation that prefers the televised glamour of the crude, the rude family, and does it’s best to kick back jobs and opportunities to existing social structures and cheap labor in such a way as to expedite attrition of quality products in politics. The ascent of the mafia to the highest levels of American entertainment voyeurism can hardly be said to be a good thing…easy yes; good no. The United States is becoming a mediocre nation without the will to control its borders, conserve and restore its environment, transition to independent home power production for electrical transport, keep support for a healthy manufacturing sector in high tech. The accumulation of debts, loss of comparative economic advantage, physical insecurity and so forth are a result of a decade of neglect and complaisance and would take more than a decade to restore especially when corporate media can say everything economically is dandy regardless of the actual state of affairs.