AMERICA’S BURDEN NEXT PREZ WILL SHAPE WORLD
WE’RE condemned to lead.
Ralph Peters November 3, 2008
No matter which presidential candidate we choose tomorrow, his decisions to act or not to act will determine not only the safety of our country but the future of the world.
Allies and non-aligned states kick and complain, but expect us to make their boo-boos go away. Ignore the nonsense about America’s (oft-predicted and yet to be witnessed) decline: We remain the indispensable power.
When we act, we’ll be called a bully. When we fail to act, we’ll be mocked as weak. No president can enduringly please foreign powers and populations. Our might - which remains unparalleled - was resented, is resented and will be resented. That’s human nature.