HOW TO DEFEAT AMERICA - Introduction.
The victory in Iraq means that the Bush administration has dealt a significant blow to the transnational social democratic elites and would-be regional hegemons who have the objective of constraining and checking American power and the values that we promote abroad. Thus far they have followed two complementary strategies, one based upon " soft power " and one upon traditional realpolitik diplomacy and" hard power ". The " hard power " strategy I would call " reverse-containment
" - tying down American military assets, economic resources and diplomatic capital by multiplying the power parameters of rogue states that only the United States can and feels obligated to contain. The " soft power " strategy I would call " Transfer of Sovereignty "
. While stymied by Bush's ultimate refusal to back down in face of UN intransigence, " Transfer of Sovereignty" retains great potential for future harm and popularity among political progressives, transnational elites and the NGO activists that Geitner Simmons
has been assailing. The third strategy will be " Burrowing in "
and it is already ongoing and will be extremely difficult to get our politicians to muster the will to stop it even as the victory in Iraq will increase the interest among foreign governments of countering U.S. power in this fashion.
I will deal with each strategy and the potentialities they raise in terms of national security in separate postings.