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What to make of the American Empire?

Should we feel like St. Augustine watching the Roman Empire decline around him?

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Wow, that's a compelling article.

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Fallacious misuse of a word.
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RE: What to make of the American Empire?

...say, what's the name of that river in Egypt?
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RE: What to make of the American Empire?

Empire? Elaborate.
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Fallacious misuse of a word.
If not the Egyptian problem, it is a Freudian slip. If my English teacher was correct, a fallacious misuse is a true use.

The quote from the British general entering Baghdad early in the 20th century was a real gem.
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Fallacious misuse of a word.
If not the Egyptian problem, it is a Freudian slip. If my English teacher was correct, a fallacious misuse is a true use.

The quote from the British general entering Baghdad early in the 20th century was a real gem.
Yeah you're right about my error in English. I misunderestimated your demand for accuracy in media.

But it's not a Freudian slip, which is either a feminine undergarment for men or when you say one thing but mean your mother.
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RE: What to make of the American Empire?

I nominate Botnst for Viceroy of Mesopotamia--any seconds?
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Perhaps we should take up a collection to buy him and Field Marshal Tikket some shiny new jackboots, with matching monocles and riding crops. I suggest you may also want to consider trading up to a 1938 550K.
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I nominate Botnst for Viceroy of Mesopotamia--any seconds?
The success of this adventure would be increased if there actually was a Viceroy. I think the problem lies with the fact that the neo-conservative imperialists know that the US electorate is very reluctant to accept the idea of an American Empire so can't come right out and state their intentions or publically correlate their imperialistic ways with sound imperial policies. (Despite what they write in their think-tank papers). Even their defenders like Bot are unwilling to defend them on their own imperial grounds. That's why Cheney constantly resorts to the 'defense against terrorism' explanation despite the fact that he favored the Iraq war well before 9/11.

So, the lies of this administration can be interpreted optimistically as proof that democracies are less dominating and imperialistic than more authoritarian societies.
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