Tuesday, September 09, 2008
A Superpower, Not a Superhero
Derek used the phrase in his contribution to a volume he edited last year, Shaping the Security Environment. It is a useful "bumper sticker" notation because it avoids the twin extremes of thinking we can do everything or that we can do nothing. It reminds us about the need for setting priorities and working to set up usable partnerships with other states.
The rest of the volume--including a fascinating contribution by General Zinni--is well worth a read.
Anyway, I'm not sure I want to be in a blame game. It just seems to me that the next President needs to think about how he wants to achieve things more than what he wants. As realists, surely these are pretty well given.