New York Reviews of Books har i siste nummer en imponerende samling artikler som går gjennom President Bush fadeser.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr har en interessant analyse av hvordan USA er fjernt fra tidligere tiders empirier. Makten over andre land er høyst illusorisk:
«[…] Washington, far from ruling an empire in the old sense, has become the virtual prisoner of its client states.
This was the case notably with South Vietnam in the 1960s, and it has been the case ever since with Israel. Governments in Saigon forty years ago and in Tel Aviv today have been sure that the United States, for internal political reasons, would not apply the ultimate sanction by withdrawing support. They therefore defied American commands and demands with relative impunity.
Pakistan, Taiwan, Egypt, South Korea, and the Philippines are similarly unimpressed, evasive, or defiant. For all our vast military strength, we cannot get our Latin American neighbors, or even the tiny Caribbean islands, to do our bidding. Americans are simply not competent imperial-ists, as we are demonstrating in Iraq in 2004. The so-called American Empire is in fact a feeble imitation of the Roman, British, and French Empires.»