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Is The US Right In Continuing 2 Act As The World's Saviour?

US Defense Secretary Gates was recntly asked by CNN's Fareed Zakaria if the US is falling into an "imperial trap" -- spending too much time and energy putting out all of the fires of the world, while countries like China concentrate on building a great prosperous industrial machine.

Gates said that the United States is not an imperial power, but rather an "indispensible" power. "If you look around the world," Gates said, "nothing ever gets done without American leadership at the end of the day."

So my question would be is the U.S. following a pattern of empires past?

Or are they really "exceptional," even "indispensible?"

Are they justified in constantly acting as d world's saviour?

Can they easily continue to play this far-flung role in the world while most nations like China and even most of Europe? continue to "selfishly", concentrate on internal prosperity.

Tell us what you think and why.

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I see the rebuttle is still that one watches fox news. lol

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This is what happens when you only watch Fox news.

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Just a point but it was the French who took the first decisive action.

They even sent commandoes to mainland Somalia to capture some pirates who had attacked a French vessel.

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It depends on what side of the fence you are. The people from the east and those who have sympathy or support for Islam would most likely see "US imperialism", While on the other hand, people who adore total freedom would see then as an indispensable force.

Again, depends on what side you are it is possible to see the point Defence secretary was making. The US have shown the way in places where the rest of the world have avoided, a recent example is the Piracy issue off the somali coast. If memory serves me right, companies and nations have been paying up, until the US special forces took some decisive actions. Now, every nation is having a go and less people are paying. As I write this post, I just heard a report that Portuguese special forces just boarded a somali piracy ship and arrested the all the pirates on board. I suppose, one can argue that the US of America gave other nations the drive to act in such way.

On the other hand, people will criticize the US and draw their ways to that of an imperialist for the wars in Iraq and the issue in the middle east due to their foreign policy.

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