POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN MICHAEL BOYLE IN THE GUARDIAN
Oh please, global leadership and the United States make an oxymoron expression.
The United States exercises raw financial, economic, and military power. Full stop.
There hasn't been a glimmer of what any thinking person would call leadership from the United States in decades.
My God, it won't even pay its UN bills set by a treaty it signed and helped create.
Numberless colonial wars, interventions, overthrows of democratic governments, and totally irresponsible behavior on the environment and other crucial world issues.
There wouldn't even be a so-called war on terror if it would use its influence on Israel appropriately to get a lasting Mideast settlement.
The US can't control its own appetites yet it constantly shakes its Puritan moral finger at others.
It talks about democracy as it rolls out the B-52s, yet it can't even run a clean presidential election.