Monday, June 2, 2008

The Shrinking US Global Reach

William (Bill) Buckler
Captain of
The Privateer
Jun 2, 2008

The Centre Is Broken:

Geo-politically, the issue which is now coming out in the open for all to see is this: The US now has to send its President out in the world to ask for favours. Things are no longer the other way around. The rest of the world is moving away with the US politically running after it.

That is not the classical or historical role of a superpower - the world's sole geo-political and geo-strategic centre of gravity. When there IS such a superpower - the rest of the world comes to it - to the centre.

The LIMA Declaration:

On Friday, May 16, at the Summit in Lima, Peru, a declaration was issued by representatives from nearly 60 countries promising to act with urgency to address the rising cost of staple foods. Europe and China were there. The US was NOT! A 60-nation Summit - and the US was not invited.

A SUMMIT In Russia:

Brazil, Russia, India and China are talking about forming a political alliance. The four largest emerging economies sent their foreign ministers to Yekaterinburg, Russia, where they met on May 16, for the first time outside the venue of the United Nations. The Europeans and Chinese were there - the US was NOT.

A SUMMIT In China:

New Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is visiting China on May 23 and 24 for his first foreign trip since taking office, a further sign of improving ties. President Medvedev will make a state visit to Beijing at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao, China's Foreign Ministry has said. The US is not there. This is a new global pattern led by the Japan/China Summit in early MAY. The US is simply NOT there.

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