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I can't believe Condoleezza Rice said this

  1. snuff

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    A 'special country' needs special powers: Bush aide
    September 26 2002
    From: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/09/26/1032734274938.html

    Washington: The United States should maintain its military superiority in the world and keep other nations from challenging it because it is "a very special country," a top White House official said.

    "The United States is a very special country in that when we maintain this position of military strength that we have now, we do it in support of a balance of power that favours freedom," said national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, appearing last night on PBS's The HewsHour with Jim Lehrer program.

    She made the comment as she defended a new US national security strategy that was unveiled last Friday and that lays the foundation for pre-emptive military strikes.

    The strategy also declares that Washington will not allow any other country to attain military superiority or even parity with the United States.

    The document has been roundly criticised at home and abroad as a claim to US dominance in the world.

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    Rice said that in its quest to maintain its current military status, the United States did not want to act alone and welcomed military contributions from other like-minded states.

    "But if it comes to allowing another adversary to reach military parity with the United States in the way that the Soviet Union did, no, the United States does not intend to allow that to happen," the national security adviser said.

    "Because when that happens, there will not be a balance of power that favours freedom," she stressed. "There will be a balance of power that keeps part of the world in tyranny the way that the Soviet Union did."

    In my view this is dangerous thinking. If the US Administration is thinking like this then it is a very dangerous world it is leading us into. It argues for being above the law, whatever that may be. In the minds of Rice, it seems, the law is what the US Administraton says.

    I hope not, I hope that the US Congress and Senate stands up and says no, loud and clear, to her.

    She argues the US is for freedom but many would deny that vehemently because they think freedom belongs to those who favour the US view of the world.

    As an aside, I am a monarchist, I have very strong feelings about how bad republics are. The US was one place that seemd to fly in the face of my position. I now feel even more comfortable about my position on monarchy and republicanism.

    Regards

    Desmond

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