Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Doubling down on the imperial mission

By Tom Engelhardt
Asia Times

".......Expand the military or shrink the mission?
We Americans may never vote on this question, symbolic as it is of the critical choices being made in our name; but make no mistake, the rest of the world is already "voting" - some literally on ballots, as in Latin America; some by arms (and polls), as in the Middle East; some via old-style great-power politics, as in Central Asia. Americans may not know it, but the mission is shrinking, even as the weaponry grows ever more dangerous and the imperial path gets ever bumpier, more potholed, better mined. Expanding the US military will only increase the costs in every sense of the word. "

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