Okay, one more then off to bed...
Catholic Monarchist Charles Coulombe has written an interesting piece for Taki Theodoracopulos' paleoconservative journal entitled "America: An Empire?". Here, Coulombe examines four questions:
1) are Empires invariably evil?
2) is the acquisition of an Empire an inherent betrayal of American principles?
3) what we would be required to do to make a go of it?
4) are we, as a people, suited to the job?
To the first two questions, Coulombe answers "no." This corroborates what I wrote in my last post on American grand strategy and the Iraq war. After discussing the cost/benefits analyses of various imperial strategies (question 3), Coulombe answers the fourth question in the negative. In his judgment, in this time and place, U.S. leadership lacks the requisite fortitude to implement what is necessary to achieve the outcomes we want in the Middle East.
I fear he may be right. What do you think?