Reinhold Niebhur was a brilliant and remarkable prescient scholar. Some of the things he foresaw as far back as the fifties are simply astonishing, especially the dangers to America – and the world- of a Bush/Cheney style regime seizing power. For example he warns that ‘our dreams of managing history pose potentially mortal danger to the United States’. GW – take a bow!
Andrew Bacevich is a latter-day disciple of Niebhur and has time and again called it right, especially in relation to Bush and the Neocons. In his latest book ‘The Limits Of Power’ he makes a point that I made, to considerable opposition from this blog’s readers, in relation to Ronald Reagan. In that post (Reagan and America’s decline) I suggested that, far from strengthening America, Reagan sowed the seeds of its current travails.
Bacevich agrees. He calls Reagan a ‘faux-conservative and the modern prophet of profligacy, who encouraged the fantasy that credit had no limits and that the bills would never come due. He just had a canny knack of telling Americans exactly what they wanted to hear and presided over eight years of gaudy prosperity and excess based on cheap credit and cheap oil.’
Thank you Professor, my views exactly.
He also supports another of my contentions (see here) that ‘Americans have yet to realize that they have forfeited command of their own destiny.’
Sad but true. And when the penny drops it won't be pretty. Scapegoats will be sought, and, as I said here, the possibility of America’s Jews being targeted is a realistic danger.