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The British liberal government Mr Gladson's government went into Egypt in 1882 to subdue unrest by the Mujahadin, the fundamentalist Islams against the Western Residents in Cairo and Alexandria. And Mr Gladson promised in no less than 52 public speeches, that pretty soon Britain will be out of Egypt. It didn't leave Egypt until 1956. So I'm worried about a kind of what the Oxford historian Neil Ferguson calls a "creeping American territoriality.' We will deny it. We will say we have no intention of being like the Roman or British empire, but we've had garrisons in Saudi Arabia for 10 years now. What will happen when they've been in 50 years.

Since that same US opinion believes that this is a special war between good and evil, analogies about earlier wars by European colonialists will seem insulting and wrong. What Balfour Could Teach Bush, The Guardian Many American readers of this column may not really care about the growing criticisms and worries expressed by outside voices. To them, the reality is that the United States is unchallenged Number One, and all the rest - Europe, Russia, China, the Arab world - just have to accept that plain fact. Has the US lost its way?, The Guardian
On Point: Maintaining America's Power
Paul Kennedy shares his views on the changes the nation needs to make to maintain its role as the world's superpower with Tom Ashbrook on On Point, from WBUR.

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Global Trends and Global Governance, by Paul Kennedy


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