Thursday, June 23, 2011

Imperialistic Arrogance

I’ve spent my entire adult life with the United States as a superpower, and one that had no compunction about spending what it took to sustain that position, ... It didn’t have to look over its shoulder because our economy was so strong. This is a different time.  To tell you the truth, that’s one of the many reasons it’s time for me to retire, because frankly I can’t imagine being part of a nation, part of a government … that’s being forced to dramatically scale back our engagement with the rest of the world.
 Source:  Robert Gates (US Secretary of Defense 2006-2011), in an Interview with Newsweek, 6/19/2011
 Taken From:  Sovereign Man Blog, US Defense Secretary to take his ball and go home, 6/22/2011

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