Colossus The Rise and Fall of The American Empire by Niall Ferguson

By Niall Ferguson

Is the United States the hot international Empire? the U.S. executive emphatically denies it. regardless of the conquest of 2 sovereign states in as decades, regardless of the presence of greater than 750 army installations throughout two-thirds of the world's international locations and regardless of his acknowledged goal "to expand the advantages of freedom - to each nook of the world," George W. Bush continues that "America hasn't ever been an empire". "We do not search empires," insists safeguard Secretary Rumsfeld. "We're no longer imperialistic." In Colossus Niall Ferguson unearths the paradoxical truth of yankee energy. In fiscal and armed forces phrases, he argues, the USA could be the strongest empire the area has ever noticeable. And its targets are heavily similar to these of the final nice Anglophone empire: to globalize unfastened markets, the guideline of legislation and consultant executive. but americans turn away from the long term commitments of manpower, money and time which are additionally an intrinsic a part of empire. This, Ferguson argues, is an empire with an consciousness deficit affliction, implementing ever extra unrealistic timescales on its abroad interventions. Worse, it is an empire in denial - a hyperpower that refuses to recognize the size of its worldwide tasks. And this continual myopia can also observe to US household politics. while overstretch comes, he warns, it's going to come from inside of - and it'll demonstrate that the yank Colossus has greater than in basic terms ft of clay.

Show description

Read or Download Colossus The Rise and Fall of The American Empire PDF

Similar diplomacy books

The Bush League Of Nations: The Coalition Of The Unwilling, The Bullied And The Bribed: The Gop's War On Iraq And America

With demanding research and stable humor, the writer exposes the Coalition of the prepared as a rightwing delusion to mislead americans whereas the neo-GOP wages conflict on Iraq and the USA. comprises three plans: 1) "Withdraw from Iraq and Win in Afghanistan;" 2) "An overseas Plan;" and three) "Support Our Troops. " contains research of the so-called coalition and the 50+ countries shamelessly claimed to be participants.

Clinton's Foreign Policy: Between the Bushes, 1992-2000 (Contemporary Security Studies)

This quantity is an in depth account of President Clinton's international coverage in the course of 1992-2000, overlaying the most great problems with his management, together with Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. The booklet emphasizes Clinton's model of the elder Bush's 'New global Order' outlook and his dating to the more youthful Bush's 'Americanistic' overseas coverage.

The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire

On the finish of the 1st global struggle, the Paris Peace convention observed a conflict over the way forward for empire. The successful allied powers desired to annex the Ottoman territories and German colonies they'd occupied; Woodrow Wilson and a groundswell of anti-imperialist activism stood of their method. France, Belgium, Japan and the British dominions reluctantly agreed to an Anglo-American idea to carry and administer these allied conquests less than "mandate" from the hot League of countries.

The Culture of Diplomacy: Britain in Europe, c. 1750-1830

This isn't a conventional diplomacy textual content that bargains with struggle, exchange or strength politics. in its place, this e-book bargains an authoritative research of the social, cultural and highbrow features of diplomatic lifestyles within the age of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It authoritatively illustrates numerous modes of Britain’s engagement with Europe, no matter if political, creative, medical, literary or cultural.

Additional info for Colossus The Rise and Fall of The American Empire

Example text

Once, one hundred and sixty years ago, America’s imperial destiny seemed manifest. It has since become obscure. But it is America’s destiny just the same. The only question that remains is: How much longer will this self-denying empire endure? The answer Colossus offers is: Not long, in the absence of fundamental reappraisal of America’s role in the world. If this book contributes anything to bring that reappraisal about, then it will have served its intended purpose. Introduction AL JAZEERA: Would it worry you if you go by force into Iraq that this might create the impression that the United States is becoming an imperial, colonial power?

Such illusions were not, it should be remembered, confined to neoconservatives in the Pentagon. Even General Tommy Franks was under the impression that it would be possible to reduce troop levels to just 50,000 after eighteen months. It was left to Colin Powell to point out to the president that “regime change” had serious—not to say imperial— implications. ”20 Fourth: American diplomacy in 2003 was like the two-headed Push-mepullyou in Dr. Doolittle—it faced in opposite directions. On one side was Cheney, dismissing the United Nations as a negligible factor.

S. troops in Saudi Arabia indefinitely was not an option. Sanctions may have disarmed Saddam (at the time, of course, we could not be sure) but they were also depriving ordinary Iraqis. In any case, the sanctions regime was on the point of collapse thanks to a systematic campaign by Saddam’s regime to buy votes in the United Nations Security Council—a campaign of systematic corruption that was made easy by the United Nations’ oil-for-food program. In short, the policy of regime change was right; arguably, the principal defect of American policy toward Iraq was that the task had been left undone for twelve years.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.35 of 5 – based on 17 votes