Robert Kagan on America's Global Influence

Friday, February 17, 2012

Historian Robert Kagan holds the distinction of influencing both Mitt Romney and President Obama's political discourse. A foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign, Kagan's ideas were also evident in President Obama’s state of the union address, which disputes the claim that America is in decline.  

Robert Kagan is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the new book "The World America Made."

Guests:

Robert Kagan

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

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Replying to 'listener', who is either very poorly informed or a prevaricator:

Debt held by the public increased from $3.5 trillion to nearly $6 trillion and gross federal debt rose from $5.6 trillion to nearly $10 trillion, under George W. Bush, feckless administration.

Two falsely justified and poorly led George Bush wars, multiple tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, all on the national credit card, making up the bulk of our issue with the debt and the deficit, and all Bush's to start. So was TARP, the housing bubble and the bank system bowel obstruction, which were already crashing while Bush was in office. The housing problem is one of the biggest drags on our economy and Bush's housing market has stayed on the floor, like an anchor on our economy.

So it can hardly be thought remarkable that spending another $2 (or 3) trillion or so, to shovel out the Bush mess would be necessary!

Feb. 20 2012 09:04 AM
listener

The hapless Treasury Secretary who offered a budget last year which was rejected by the US Senate 97-0 was back before Congress again. He presented a chart yesterday which was an attractive full color illustration of the economic decline and fall of the United States in the 21st Century.

According to the President who appointed him, the Treasury Secretary "does not know what he is talking about" while the credulous media swallow his political platitudes whole while ignoring the hard figures a simple calculator and calendar provides and the true "debacle" it predicts.
China and "regretful foreign policy decisions" did not cause the debt to be approaching 16 trillion dollars but it was Obama, Pelosi and Reid that set us on the course for decline with the media as their enablers.

The President says the State of the Union is good and journalists believe him because he says so and ignore the hard numbers of his economic policy which have us bankrupt by mid-century according to his own administration.

Feb. 17 2012 09:42 AM

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