An Empire, If You Can Bear It

An Empire, If You Can Bear It
OPINIONS\r\nAn Empire^ If You Can Bear It\r\nby Justin Raimondo\r\n'The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation."\r\n—William McKinley\r\nBlowback: The Costs and\r\nConsequences of American Empire\r\nby Chalmers Johnson\r\nNew York: MetropoUtan Books;\r\n268 pp., $26.00\r\nI n his classic shidy of "isolationism,"\r\nNot to the Swift, Justus Doenecke\r\ntakes note of a phenomenon called "Asia\r\nFirstism" — the view of conservative\r\npoliticians and publicists of the postwar\r\nera who opposed meddling in Europe\r\nbut saw Asia as the equivalent of the longvanished\r\nAmerican frontier and the East\r\nas the natural sphere of American expansionism,\r\nhi the postwar world, the old\r\nAmerica Firsters "concentrated less and\r\nless upon withdrawal from the world's\r\npassions and battles, and more and more\r\nu]5on the most hazardous commitments\r\non the Asian continent." I'oday, a newcrop\r\nof Asia Firsters opposes U.S. intcrvenhon\r\nin the Balkans but considers the\r\nmilitarv occupaHon of Japan, South Korea,\r\nand Okinawa as vital to American interests.\r\nVladimir Putin is a pussycat, but\r\nthe "Chicoms," in these circles, are a ri,sing\r\nchallenge to American hegemon\\'\r\nthat must be "contained."\r\nIn the 195()'s, as the Cold War deli\\-\r\nered the conservative movement to the\r\ntender mercies of various ex-communist\r\nand pseudo-'lrotskyist charlatans, a hn\\-\r\nminority retained the old faith. Doenecke\r\nrecounts that, e\\en at die...

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