Thomas Friedman: Globally, Uncle Sam is still No. 1

Posted by Kendall Harmon

SEOUL: It is very useful to come to Asia to be reminded about America's standing in the world these days. For all the talk in recent years about America's inevitable decline, all eyes are not now on Tokyo, Beijing, Brussels or Moscow - nor on any other pretenders to the world heavyweight crown. All eyes are on Washington to pull the world out of its economic tailspin.

At no time in the last 50 years have we ever felt weaker, and at no time in the last 50 years has the world ever seen us as more important.

While it is true that since the end of the Cold War global leaders and intellectuals often complained about a world of too much American power, one doesn't hear much of that grumbling today when most people recognize that only an economically revitalized America has the power to prevent the world economy from going into a global depression. It was always easy to complain about a world of too much American power as long as you didn't have to live in a world of too little American power. And right now, that is the danger: a world of too little American power.

Somewhere in the back of their minds, a lot of people seem to be realizing that the alternative to a U.S.-dominated world is not a world dominated by someone else or someone better.

It is a leaderless world....

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchGlobalization* Economics, PoliticsForeign Relations* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

Posted February 26, 2009 at 5:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Harvey wrote:

So long as it doesn’t involve a big upfront cash handout.  The US has enough trouble with its own leaders on this problem.

February 26, 1:21 pm | [comment link]
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