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.