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Mar 11, 2014 0 Comments

U.S. weakness breeds global instability Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

In a recent interview, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggested that U.S. weakness is fueling instability around the world.

How true. We can see the proof unfolding before our eyes.

Russia has seized Ukraine‘s Crimean PeninsulaVenezuela‘s regime has killed and wounded dozens of student protestors, jailing hundreds more. Syria‘s regime has killed 130,000 people and displaced another 9 million. Iran continues its march towards a nuclear weapon despite an international accord meant to stop it. And North Korea continues to run a nuclear-armed, nation-state concentration camp.

Tyrant after tyrant has oppressed countless millions without a second thought.

During the Cold War, there was greater stability worldwide as two superpowers maintained a delicate balance of power. Both the U.S. and Soviet Union backed up their words with real power – economic, diplomatic and military. Nation-states and non-state actors knew that each was tough, save President Carter, and when they made a threat, they carried it out. Korea, VietnamAfghanistan and Central America all saw the results of these proxy wars between capitalism and communism fought out firsthand.

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