No, Mr. President, We Are Not The One Indispensable Power in the World
Yesterday President Obama, in a 30 minute campaign speech in Las Vegas, idolized the United States as the much needed “one indispensable power in the world,” demonstrating once again that the fantasy describing him as being on some kind of apology tour is more absurd than anything Albert Camus dreamt of in his philosophy.
Now I hate to go all existentialist, but no power in the world is indispensable, Mr. President. Americans have done mightily great deeds for the sake of life and liberty, and have been enabled in part by the global power wielded by their nation, but these do not make us indispensable. We’re not absolutely necessary. American might is not the hope of the world, as other idolators of America have preached.
The time of American global dominance will pass. We will fall, and others will rise up, compelled by forces greater than the strength of any nation-state. The human drama will continue without us, and then it too will pass into oblivion, all the triumphs and failures of humanity forgotten.
So let us please dispense with this pseudo-religious faith in the doctrine of our necessary national goodness. I know idolatry sells, but we ain’t the Good News, and we’re fools to pretend we are in either word or deed.