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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

29 November 2005

The futility of empire?

Anatol Lieven writes in today’s Financial Times: “it is pointless to dream of long maintaining an American empire for which most Americans will neither pay nor fight.” Although I think Mr. Lieven is on to something that needs discussion—the ability to sustain political support to undertake serious missions abroad, I also fear that he is extrapolating too much from the present. The Iraq war is a peculiar one in many ways—a defining moment but a unique one too. I doubt that we can project all the problems that America faces today, internal and external, into the future with much confidence that they constitute permanent features of American life.

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Anatol Lieven, “Decadent America must give up imperial ambitions,” Financial Times, 29 Nov 05

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