By George H. Lesser
The Washington Times
March 8, 2008
Wherever you look, in whatever sphere, Americans are no longer “king of the hill.” It happened amazingly quickly and thoroughly. It is breathtakingly ironic it should occur during the watch of an administration that came to power with its leaders crowing that because of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. was in a position — if not actually required — to act unilaterally as “the world’s only superpower.”
Never in human history, it was frequently said, at least since the time of Rome, had any single state dominated the world the way the United States did in 2001. Of course there was little or no appreciation of the fact that our influence was largely dependent on fear of the Soviet Union. Once that fear was gone, our ability to lead would be undermined.