[Marxism] A guru of "realpolitik" has Clinton figured out completely

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 11 06:34:22 MDT 2016

So assuming Trump loses, are we stuck with the same strategy of liberal 
hegemony that has performed so poorly for the past 25 years? Hillary 
Clinton and her vast team of advisors are strongly committed to the 
familiar nostrums about America’s “indispensable” role, and her 
administration may keep trying to roll the stone uphill and remake the 
world in America’s image. Indeed, some insiders think she’ll be quick to 
abandon Obama’s somewhat more cautious attitude and take a more 
interventionist approach to trouble spots like Syria.

Maybe, but I’m not so sure. The days when the United States could manage 
most of the globe simultaneously are behind us; the federal budget will 
be tight no matter who wins; China is getting stronger and more 
ambitious; and the next president will have to make some hard choices 
and set priorities among Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and other global 
issues. You might also recall that former president and potential first 
gentleman Bill Clinton was exceedingly cautious about using military 
force — and especially U.S. ground troops — and he once told aide George 
Stephanopoulos that “Americans are basically isolationist.” That insight 
is even truer today: Because the United States presently faces no 
existential threats, public support for a costly foreign policy remains 
paper-thin. Clinton may try to run the world as her predecessors have, 
but she’ll have to try to do it on the cheap.

So even if Trump goes down in a resounding defeat and a President 
Hillary Clinton enters the Oval Office accompanied by a phalanx of 
liberal interventionists and unrepentant neoconservatives, I wouldn’t be 
all that surprised if she behaves with more restraint than her hawkish 
past might suggest.

In any event, liberal hegemony isn’t going to work any better for her 
than it did for her husband, for George W. Bush, or even for Barack 
Obama. Continued efforts to remake the world with American military 
power will continue to backfire, and the failures will force Americans 
to take a hard look at alternative grand strategies but hopefully 
without the disturbing distractions that Trump has provided. As 
Churchill also once said, the United States eventually does the right 
thing — after first trying all the alternatives.


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