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Rebuilding American Power

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Obama administration can’t simply undo the ways in which the world has changed in the past 8 years, so what can they do? In his latest book, Great PowersThomas Barnett describes how global power is shifting economically, diplomatically, technologically and environmentally and what can be done about it.

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Thomas Barnett

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Comments [12]

samir from Bay Ridge

#9

"A number of largely unreported studies have suggested that Iran having nuclear weapons will stabilize the Middle East, especially because a nuclear Iran would tend to act as a deterrent to Israeli sabre-rattling."

Whose studies?

Ahmadinejad or David Duke, lol....

No wonder their "largely unreported"

Last I checked, Iran is doing all the saber-rattling...

Feb. 05 2009 12:55 PM
Richard Jimenez from Keyport, NJ

Your guest is dillusional if he thinks Cuba will consent to being a 51st state. They are too proud, too nationalistic, and too chauvinistic to ever hand themselves over to the USA.
I do agree however, that elections will be held within 10 years and a Cuban-American will have a good chance of winning the presidency over there.

Feb. 05 2009 12:46 PM
Alex from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I am infuriated at the credit your guest gives Obama for suggesting to Iran that if they should use their nuclear weapons, we would destroy them!

During the primary, Hillary was the first to suggest this option at her political peril. She was vilified by many folks, including Obama for being too aggressive in tone, when in truth Hillary was the only politician daring enough to express a policy choice that is now being described by your guest as being clever and wise.

Feb. 05 2009 12:40 PM
Hugh from Crown Heights

A number of largely unreported studies have suggested that Iran having nuclear weapons will stabilize the Middle East, especially because a nuclear Iran would tend to act as a deterrent to Israeli sabre-rattling.

Similarly, when the Soviet Union finally collapsed, the US became for more actively aggressive. We would never have dared invade Iraq (twice) in the days when the Soviets presented a serious opposing force. And of course, the recent US responses to North Korea have made clear to the entire world the benefits of being a nuclear power.

Feb. 05 2009 12:40 PM
L. from Brooklyn

America is NOT the world's first multinational nation. That is an ahistorical comment. The Ottoman Empire, the Mongol Empire, and the Roman Empire, to name a few, were multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan.

Feb. 05 2009 12:34 PM
L. from Brooklyn

America is NOT the world's first multinational country. That is a very ahistorical comment. The Ottoman Empire, The Mongol Empire, and the Roman Empire were all multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan societies.

Feb. 05 2009 12:32 PM
samir from Bay Ridge

Nucular is an ad hoc spelling of a metathetic pronunciation of the word nuclear, representing the IPA: /ˈnjuːkjələr/ pronunciation of that word instead of the more widely accepted /ˈnjuːkliːɚ/.

While most dictionaries do not list the pronunciation as correct, some recognize it because of its increased usage.

Feb. 05 2009 12:31 PM
anonyme

The 12 steps? Puh-leez!!!

Feb. 05 2009 12:31 PM
Wayne Chin

Nuk-Cu-ler!!!? Nuk-cu-ler!!?? WHY!? WHY? GEORGE BUSH said Nuk-cu-ler!!??

Feb. 05 2009 12:28 PM
Henry from Brooklyn

Your guest [Thomas] finds all kinds of excuses for China's communist regime's current blunders. Comparing USA back in 1800s, or England back in 1800s, to today's China's abuse against its people is completely wrong. Why not just say, 60 years ago, Nazi Germany was murdering Jews, so it's ok for TODAY's communist China to butcher human right activists, put Falun Gong practitioners in concentration camps, and killing Tibetans?

This kinds of logic is completely silly. Your guest's excuses is the typical I have heard from the propaganda department from the communist regime every time they poisoned children [milk powder, lead anyone?], destroyed and take over villages and give them to developers, and when all else failed, blame everything on "anti-China western aggressors." Wake up and smell the 2008; it's not 1700, or 1800 anymore. Don't use those standards as reasons for a bloody dictator's endless abuse on its people.

Feb. 05 2009 12:23 PM
jennifer from manhattan

We all know the world cannot environmentally sustain a large Chinese middle class that has the same standard of living as the middle class in the US once enjoyed. (example: cars) Who is going to tell that to the Chinese?

Feb. 05 2009 12:23 PM
ericf

traditional assumptions about intellectual property are being challenged by emerging applications of new technology. could china leap-frog the US on intellectual property law?

Feb. 05 2009 12:18 PM

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