Global Ambitions and Decline- Emergence of the Interregional Asian Triangle and the Relegation of the US as a Hegemonic Power. The Reorientation of Europe
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11. The Isolation of the USA 11.1. A flawed perception What were the consequences for the structure of international relations that resulted from a weaker USA? Were the members of the US political and economic establishment capable of dealing with the rapidly deteriorating conditions? Who could help US strategists adjust to a realignment in power relations? Only the United Kingdom appeared to be still allied with the USA. Virtually all the other former friends of the USA looked to pursue, or already pursued, their own policies and merely paid lip service to the US. Asked whether at present the USA or Russia is the more dangerous of the two for international relations, Germany’s former chancellor Helmut Schmidt surprisingly pointed to the US (Zeit-Magazin Leben 47/2007, p. 62). Russia’s former President Vladimir Putin surmised that the USA only needs vassals it can boss around (Frankfurter Rundschau, December 21, 2007). Despite such conspicuously negative perceptions, the Carnegie Endowment’s neo-conservative expert, Robert Kagan, defended Bush’s unilateral course and asserted that the American President’s policies were in tune with the US’ general perception of its role in the world. In his opinion, US foreign policy was guided by two basic motives. The first was to establish the USA as a power that works for the good of the world. The second was the desire to remain the most powerful nation of the world, forever willing to bring into play its military might, even when the rest of the world is opposed to it (Die...
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