Originally Posted by Aar_Canada
Ok, I do agree with some of that. I hope the 'Arab spring' continues. I don't think they're trying to build an empire though.
The US has been concerned with empire for over a century now. There has always been counterbalancing forces, and in terms of the cold war there was a lot of positive aspects to their use of power. The Bush administration committed to empire building more overtly than any other in some time. There's really no other explanation for their rushing into Iraq. And by declaring a war on terror they were suggesting it was them against the world. You were either with them, on their terms, or against them. The Barbarians were at the gates, and it was time to move those gates outwards.