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Limited american power

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Submitted by Lars Nielsen (Denmark), Feb 12, 2014 at 19:23

Sadly, american power is declining and will be declining further. This is not because of Obama, but because american economic strength is declining. The United States therefore cannot allow themselves to play the policeman of the world any more.

Also, experience since the collapse of the Soviet Union shows, that only little success has followed the use of american power in the Balkans, the Middle East and elsewhere.

For instance, it is not in the true interest of the US to fight Iran on behalf of the Saudis. If the Saudis want such a fight, they should fight it themselves.

President Obama has a much more realistic approach to the use of military power than his predecessors, but unfortunately many americans like to dream of an american superiority, which is out of proportion compared to reality.

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