Friday, August 22, 2008

The Imperial President


based on the Ingres painting
Napoleon on His Imperial Throne, 1806

image created by PantherProUSA, © 2008

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. By Andrew Bacevich. Published by Metropolitan Books. "...identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. These pressing problems threaten all of us, Republicans and Democrats. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism..." - The American Empire Project