Kilde: The Daily Telegraph, August 3, 2011
The US debt debacle may signal the end of the American century not only economically, but also military and diplomatically. A minor exchange last weekend hinted at the shape of things to come. On a visit to Afghanistan, Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by troops if they would get paid if the US defaulted. ?I really don´t know the answer to the question,? came the reply.
There, in a nutshell, is the new geopolitical reality confronting the US. It can no longer afford to be the world´s policeman.