“In short, the longer the Obama presidency continues, the more America’s status as a superpower ebbs away.”
With these words, Daily Telegraph (London) writer Con Coughlin ended a column titled: “US government shutdown: Barack Obama is presiding over the end of America’s superpower status.” (October 1st)
Mr. Couglin is the Defense Editor for the Telegraph and is renowned internationally as an authority on global security and terrorism. He has just written a book with the intriguing title: “Churchill’s First War: Young Winston and the fight against the Taliban,” published by Macmillan.
Mr. Couglin’s article appeared on the first day of a US government shutdown, humiliating the country before the whole world. Coming shortly after the debacle over Syria, the US is rapidly losing its pre-eminence in the world.
In an editorial titled “The weakened West” (September 21st), The Economist magazine wrote about the consequences of President Obama’s failure to fulfill his earlier promise, that, in the event of Syria using chemical weapons, the US would intervene in the country’s civil war. Syria crossed the red line . . . but nothing happened.
“. . . a leader who the world sees is unable to fulfill his promises is inevitably weakened. And although nobody doubts that America’s armed forces continue to enjoy overwhelming superiority, its unwillingness to use them undermines their ability to give force to its diplomacy.”
Highlighting the consequences of this significant change, The Economist leader comments further:
“Now every tyrant knows that a red line set by the leader of the free world is really just a threat to ask legislators how they feel about enforcing it. Dictators will be free to maim and murder their own people, proliferators like North Korea less scared to proceed with spreading WMD, China and Russia ever more content to test their muscles in the vacuum left by the West.”
In other words, the US is out as the number one power. We live in a new world, where all nations are more or less equal. This is what Mr. Obama has always wanted.
The problem is that it won’t work. As The Economist said, there will be a vacuum – a vacuum that somebody will fill.
We see that somebody rising now – the prophesied “Beast power” based in Europe, led by Germany. If the US will not rise to defend western civilization, these nations will.