The Nightmare of American Foreign Policy

The Nightmare of American Foreign Policy

The Nightmare of American Foreign Policy

The Nightmare of American Foreign Policy

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The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control --
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.

RUDYARD KIPLING

ALL human beings are born with a lust for power. Most of them keep that lust as long as they live. In some, it gets worse as they grow old.

Power is the primary purpose of people in politics. Not justice. Not righteousness. Not (primarily) wealth or leisure. Certainly not wisdom. Power is the gate through which politicians proceed toward whatever they want -- whether good or bad, sinful or saintly, wise or foolish. For power can be transformed into almost all things individual human beings desire. It has indeed its limitations, its "poverty." But the benefits are enormous.

Therefore all politics are power politics. There can be no other kind. Whether in a city ward, a federal state, a nation, or a world republic, whatever politics exist will be power politics. Whether President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is seeking to block the imperialism of the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis, or Japanese militarists are busy enslaving China, the instrument is the same: power. Politicians who . . .

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