Barack Obama and Hassan Nasrallah agree the
It’s not often that Barack Obama and Hassan Nasrallah agree, but both made important speeches this week, and both appeared to concur that American power was on the decline.
Of course Obama didn’t quite put it that way. Instead, he merely implied the growing sense of American difficulty, the fact that the
Obama chose to highlight domestic American rifts, when he remarked that “years of debate over
As for the American enterprise in
Obama has always prided himself on being a realistic assessor of American limitations. However, listening to Hassan Nasrallah gloat at the weakness of the
No doubt, Obama was walking a fine line in his
Obama’s caution is defensible in some regards. War alone cannot be the benchmark of American power. Nothing would do more to harm the
The mounting perception of American weakness will, arguably, be the most destabilizing factor in the
Michael Young is opinion editor of the Daily Star newspaper in
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