Friday, 27 June 2014 12:55

A Globalist's Plea to Stay the Course of World Order

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When Robert Kagan (shown on right) writes, the Powers That Be in New York and Washington tend to take notice. A contributing editor for the Weekly Standard and the New Republic and a columnist for the Washington Post, Kagan, a historian and policy analyst, was also a co-founder (along with William Kristol) of the Project for the New American Century, a now-defunct but formerly highly influential Washington think tank, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Kagan has also served as a foreign policy advisor to various GOP presidential candidates, including, most recently, Mitt Romney, and to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But in addition to his impeccable credentials and establishment connections, Kagan is also a prolific and graceful writer, producing books and articles at regular intervals that focus on the role of the United States in the “new world order” (his terminology). Kagan’s 2003 book Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order attracted considerable attention for its analysis of the differing approaches of the United States and Europe in projecting power worldwide, claiming that Americans tend to favor problem-solving through force whereas Europe preferred peaceful negotiation. More recently, Kagan’s 2012 article in the New Republic “Not Fade Away: The Myth of American Decline” drew plaudits from President Obama and even a rapturous, point-by-point endorsement by the president in a meeting with select members of the media shortly before the 2012 State of the Union address.

Neocon Kagan is, in other words, one of the modern American Establishment’s most revered mouthpieces. Kagan’s latest pronunciamento, “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire: What Our Tired Country Still Owes the World,” also from the pages of the New Republic, is an effort to remind the American Establishment, in a time of waning national economic and military fortunes and growing popular distaste for the 21st-century version of American globalist policymaking, what the aims of the post-World War II new world order really are.

Laments Kagan at the article’s outset:

Almost 70 years ago, a new world order was born from the rubble of World War II, built by and around the power of the United States. Today that world order shows signs of cracking, and perhaps even collapsing. The Russia-Ukraine and Syria crises, and the world’s tepid response, the general upheaval in the greater Middle East and North Africa, the growing nationalist and great-power tensions in East Asia, the worldwide advance of autocracy and retreat of democracy — taken individually, these problems are neither unprecedented nor unmanageable. But collectively they are a sign that something is changing, and perhaps more quickly than we may imagine. They may signal a transition into a different world order or into a world disorder of a kind not seen since the 1930s.

The problem is not, according to Kagan, that America is no longer equal to the task of maintaining global economic, financial, and military order; it is instead that Americans (and many of their political leaders) have grown weary of the burden, and “have either forgotten or rejected the assumptions that undergirded American foreign policy for the past seven decades.” As a result, “American foreign policy may be moving away from the sense of global responsibility that equated American interests with the interests of many others around the world and back toward the defense of narrower, more parochial national interests” — an outcome anathema to an American Establishment bent on global imperium by whatever means necessary. While Kagan, in keeping with the tone and terminology of earlier writings, declines to accuse Americans of “isolationism,” his is nevertheless a plea for re-engagement in the affairs of the world, from the Middle East to the Far East, lest the alleged Hobbesian chaos of the pre-Pax Americana world once again rear its ugly head.

In the years after the Second World War, two different “takes” emerged on the path to world government — the final outcome of the “new world order” project. One, the darling of European elites and the self-styled American Left, favored the rapid subordination of all national institutions to a single global authority, the United Nations or a similar successor organization. The other, favored by the establishment Right in the United States and now spearheaded by so-called “neoconservatives” such as Kagan, is that world order is best maintained simply by using the immense resources of the United States — her military and her tax base, in particular — for policing the planet; the UN, NATO, the WTO, and other such instruments of globalism are, in this view, instruments to be subordinated to the policy aims of American Establishment visionaries. In Kagan’s version of history:

American leaders [after WW II] set out to erect and sustain a new order that could endure. This time it was to be a world order built around American economic, political, and military power. Europeans had proved incapable of keeping the peace. Asia was entirely unstable on its own. Any new order would depend on the United States. It would become the center of a new economic system that would encourage open trade and provide financial assistance and loans to nations struggling to stay afloat. It would take a substantial and active part in the occupation and transformation of the defeated powers, ensuring that some form of democracy took root in place of the dictatorships that had led those nations to war. America would also have to possess preponderant military strength and when necessary deploy sufficient power to preserve stability and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

As it turns out, notes Kagan, this transformation in American foreign policy proved remarkably easy to effect and sustain, thanks to the Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation. With the Cold War mentality still firmly entrenched in the early '90s, President Bush’s Gulf War coalition against a threat unconnected with the Soviet Union and communist expansionism encountered scant popular resistance. After the end of the Cold War, the economic expansion of the 1990s furnished financial cover for the various U.S. military adventures during the Clinton years in the former Yugoslavia, in Haiti, in the Sudan, and in the Middle East. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 gave the American Establishment a convenient new global enemy and justification for yet another round of military adventurism in the Middle East and elsewhere.

But now, with the bill coming due for a trillion-dollar war and occupation of Iraq — an effort that the recent military success of Sunni fundamentalists in Iraq threatens to nullify completely — and the prospect for a similar collapse in post-U.S. occupation Afghanistan, Americans are perceiving that, as with Vietnam and Korea in previous generations, our high-minded militarism on the other side of the world has cost lives and fortune in exchange for few benefits. Add to that the unprecedented levels of debt that now hold our nation captive, and citizens of “the indispensable nation” are becoming disillusioned with global hegemony.

But Kagan dismisses any such objections, claiming that, whatever the costs, America must hold fast to her role as global savior. Holding up the era of American global domination as an exemplar of peace and stability in comparison to what preceded it (a characterization that the Vietnamese and the citizens of many African and Latin American Cold War pawns might dispute), Kagan insists that a continuation of this version of the new world order is worth any sacrifice on the part of Americans. Kagan, in a flight of alarmist rhetoric, ponders a new-world-order-less world:

Could the United States survive if Syria remains under the control of Assad or, more likely, disintegrates into a chaos of territories, some of which will be controlled by jihadi terrorists? Could it survive if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, and if in turn Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt acquire nuclear weapons? Or if North Korea launches a war on the South? Could it survive in a world where China dominates much of East Asia, or where China and Japan resume their old conflict? Could it survive in a world where Russia dominates Eastern Europe, including not only Ukraine but the Baltic states and perhaps even Poland? Of course it could. From the point of view of strict “necessity” and narrow national interest, the United States could survive all of this.… As in the past, Americans will be among the last to suffer grievously from a breakdown of world order. And by the time they do feel the effects, it may be very late in the day.

And he concludes ominously:

Perhaps Americans can be inspired in this way again, without ... an attack on their homeland. But this time they will not have 20 years to decide [like Americans between the world wars]. The world will change much more quickly than they imagine. And there is no democratic superpower waiting in the wings to save the world if this democratic superpower falters.

The reader can only wonder what non-democratic power or entity is being primed to fill the vacuum left by an America whose decline is being engineered by those who want a new world order on more truly globalist terms.


  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Monday, 11 August 2014 09:45 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    Marvin Nubwaxer (if that is your real name), sorry to see your Marxist polemic on this prestigious webpage. It lacks analysis and has little bearing on the discovered facts.

    According to Robert Kagan is also related to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.and neo-Conservative Donald Kagan. It's all in the family!

    Can't we just connect the dots without the right-left dialectic?

  • Comment Link marvin nubwaxer Saturday, 28 June 2014 23:35 posted by marvin nubwaxer

    fortunately these type of wildly imaginative conspiracy theories have a relatively small audience known as the lunatic fringe. reasonable people can only pity you for all the dark thoughts that haunt your minds.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:34 posted by Heidi Preston
    forgot to include video- very interesting to say the least. This was a KGB agent who defected. Even IF he is deceiving us and playing both sides of the fence, what he says has and is coming true and this was predicted over 25 years is an agenda to be played out by "useful idiots" as Stalin once said. They usually get killed right after they have served their purpose.
    The way to counter this trend is by not electing them into positions of leadership...problem as we can see, these "private" institutions which have tentacles in our government still have too much influence.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:28 posted by Heidi Preston

    OBAMA's END GAME REVEALED BY KGB - Communist Obama Socialist / Marxist / Leninist

    The above interview was done about 25 years ago and how true it is today. Replace New world order with communism and you got yourself a new truth.

    Second -" the United States. It would become the center of a new economic system that would encourage open trade and provide financial assistance and loans to nations struggling to stay afloat." This is the "new world order agenda for bankers. It just so happens that Robert Kagan and his wife Nudelman (real name-Jewish) are in great favor of creating a civil war in the Ukraine (reminiscent of the Bolshevik uprising which was a planned event also through bankers which killed millions which the Rabbis clearly stated they don't acknowledge as a holocaust of Christians..or holocaust period). Then of course you have our old money changer Bernanke (Jewish) who feels that under questioning by the U.S. officials he has no need to answer who are the people and where did the money go which caused the crisis that affected the whole banking system around the world. Bernanke just "happened" to wind up exactly where Robert Kagan (Jewish)is working which is the Brookings Institute which has a say in our laws and policies. An example from the Brookings Institute- "Martin Indyk (Jewish), who has been on leave of absence while serving as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, will return to Brookings on July 1 as vice president and director of Foreign Policy."

    I don't know about you, but I definitely did not vote for any of these "players" in the new world order to help shape policy, banking arrangements or anything else....did you? Yet they speak for our country from a "private" institution....yes, there is defiantly "As in the past, Americans [who] will be among the last to suffer grievously from a breakdown of world order. And by the time they do feel the effects, it may be very late in the day." Mainly because of the saboteurs hidden in plain sight among the very foundations and structures that support our Nation.

  • Comment Link Bill McNally Saturday, 28 June 2014 09:56 posted by Bill McNally

    Has Kagan listened to Art Thompson's The Hypocrisy of McCain's Mideast Policies at

  • Comment Link Nora Friday, 27 June 2014 22:33 posted by Nora

    Even Kagan realizes the new world order is not going to happen here in the land of the free and the brave. We are not a democratic country, we are a republic. We intend to stay that way by not getting involved in the oligarchs worldwide meddling and interference in regions where they have no business being. There is a growing groundswell from the grassroots to end centuries of oligarchical rule. Their system doesn't work for anyone but them so we will disregard it. We were founded to be a nation ruled by just laws and a minimal government whose role was to protect property and punish plunder, but as the founding fathers feared, men with money have surreptitiously taken hold of the levers of power and run our country off a cliff financially, politically and socially. Their usurpation and esoteric actions have done great damage to all humanity, but we will put an end to their egregious deceits and misdeeds. We will have peace, prosperity and integrity, rather than the total domination they desire. Even though they've engaged in democide, there are just too many of us. No way will the revolution be stopped. It's the end of the line for the globalists. No amount of claptrap statements, articles, propaganda or pleading will save them from the giant fail.

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