America's New Geopolitical Role

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The sun sets on a C-130 Hercules Aug. 31, 2010, as Operation Iraqi Freedom draws to a close at an air base in Southwest Asia. (Flickr: U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Dale Greer)

Nobody can argue that America’s place on the world's geopolitical stage is changing.  America is fighting a war in Afghanistan and maintaining ongoing military responsibilities in Iraq, while weathering a major financial crisis at home: There is reasonable concern over America’s ability to maintain the international diplomatic clout as it has for most of the 20th century.

We're asking you, our listeners, about America's role in the world now. What should it be? Leader? Helper? Should it be smaller? Bigger? Let us know in comments or text your answer to 69866 with the word TAKE.

But, if America cedes its position as the ostensible head of global diplomacy, where does that leave us?  Are Americans prepared to live in a country that is not the "top-dog" of international politics?  To answer that question, we speak with Andrew Bacevich, professor of History and International Relations at Boston University and Author of “Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War.”


Comments from Facebook:

"Fix our country; then the world."
—James Ellsworth

"We should shower upon the world, that which they shower upon us."
—Rusty Roy


"Americas role should be to mind its own people and to act in humanitarian rather than corporate interests. American exceptionalism is an oxymoron to say the least."

—Hartford, CT

"Ditch superpower role, join the family of nations.
—Kirkland, WA


 —Denver, CO

 "For preservation of our status we should be a leader but to try to rectify foreign relations we should listen more than speak."
—Jersey City, NJ

"Helper, we proved incapable of leadership after the recession/depression."

"America should take a less active role and focus more on itself we are suffering from overstretch and cant finance a sustained interventionist agenda."
—Shawn, OK

 "Better question who would be a leader if not us?"
—Columbia, SC


Andrew Bacevich

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

I think America role should be in Comedy this time, like a romantic comedy. America has already done the action hero role, the drama role and the science fiction role. We need to get to the comedy relief role.

Sep. 08 2010 03:10 PM
Mac K from Florida

Of COURSE we need to be in a state of permanent war (at least according to GOP); how else can the military industrial complex exist and profit?

Sep. 08 2010 09:16 AM

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