janan.ganesh@ft.com on America’s ‘relative decline’ and ‘domestic exhaustion’ . Political Cynic comments

Mr. Ganesh has finally caught up on his reading of the old newspaper columns of Wm. F. Buckley Jr., George F. Will and Tony  Tony Blankley. Buckley the Burkian poser, the  cosseted child of a Texas Oil Millionaire , Will the Political Calvinist, and Blankley whose contempt for the Lower Orders matched that of his ally Newt Gingrich.

Headline: America can no longer carry the world on its shoulders

Sub-headline: Relative decline and domestic exhaustion create an opening for realpolitik

The headline leaves the reader wondering at the fact that America is pursuing its ‘War on Terror’ on an ever expanding  number of fronts: eight that we know about.

The sub-headline speaks of ‘relative decline’ and ‘domestic exhaustion‘. The collapse of  institutionalized Neo-Liberalism can account for both these two ‘conditions’ afflicting America, except to a partisan of this collapsed system.

Also, absent from his essay is the rise of Russia, Iran, India and China as powerful political actors. The question arises has the global hegemon closed any of its military bases? has its network of NGO’s and its Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and their domestic allies in the myriad countries where they operate been cut or curtailed? Its CIA, NSA etc. ,that escape budgetary scrutiny, are some of the unknowns Mr. Ganesh fails to address.  The passage by the Senate of a 674 billion dollar Military Budget expresses both ‘relative decline’  and ‘domestic exhaustion‘?

But Mr. Ganesh narrative is alive with his acerbic rhetoric, that seemed to be absent, that marked his arrival in America, and his reading of his trio of aforementioned tutors. Mr. Ganesh offers his own etiolated journalistic version of  ‘teleological gibberish‘.

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