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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on February 7, 2012
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Kagan's major argument is that all the talk of American decline shows little knowledge and perspective in regard to the various historical situations and realities the United States has been through. `Decline' as he sees it is not an inevitability but a choice and one great danger is that accepting the conventional wisdom regarding America's alleged decline will help promote it.
To argue against inevitable U.S. decline Kagan assesses the present situation of the United States and defines it in a different way from most other commentators. He maintains that the United States still has one- quarter of the world`s GDP- the same figure that it has had over the past three decades. The single great unusual point was after World War Two where it had fifty percent of the world product. Kagan notes that the U.S decline is often compared with the British Empire decline though late nineteeth and early twentieth century Britain had a rapid fall in share of global GDP of a kind the U.S. has never known.
On the military front Kagan argues that the U.S. remains far superior to any potential rival. He notes that it ,contrary to common opinion, has a far smaller percentage of its population serving overseas than it did in the sixties and seventies. He points out that the U.S. has a far superior array of military technologies than any potential rival. This military superiority is vital to the U.S. being the key provider in a more secure and prosperous world. i.e. Kagan's argument is not only that U.S. power is not in decline, it is that U.S. power is beneficial to the peoples of the world, and in fact makes the world- system operate in a far better way than it would were any other power to be its leader. In this Kagan clearly suggests that those who preach U.S.
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The core idea underlying Robert Kagan's short book is straightforward: Any world order is dependent, both for its formulation and for its maintenance, on the most powerful state or states of the day. The current world order is largely a creation of postwar American power. Kagan's main question, then, is two-fold. First, is America in decline, as much contemporary commentary suggests? And if it is, can it be supposed that the current economic, ideological, and security order--based on the primacy of liberal democracy and free-trade, free-market economies--would continue if American power or influence were eclipsed? Kagan's answer is no, not because of anything special about America, but simply because any world order is a reflection of its strongest powers. Kagan was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign, and apparently to Mitt Romney now, but it would be wrong to assume that he is narrowly partisan. Kagan sits on Secretary of State Clinton's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and President Obama (we are told) has been an eager student of his work. In this book, he is both complimentary and critical of Republican as well as Democratic presidents. He is looking not at any specific policies as much as he is looking at structures. This is not to say that his views are not informed by ideology. Correctly or not, some have identified him with the neoconservative strain in American foreign policy thinking. Whether or not that is accurate (Kagan rejects it), there is certainly an ideology at work in his writings. It is conservative, but it is not constrained by the demands of narrow partisanship.

Early in the book, Kagan nicely captures the ambiguities and ambivalences in the American character and national mythology.
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While this book is short it is pithy. No need for a lot of words to explain a position and give examples for thought. This is the sign of an excellent writer and thinker, and Robert Kagan easily fits the description. In The World America Made Kagan sets forth the concept that the USA is not an evil empire soaking the world with Imperialist ideals. Rather, the USA has spent money and blood to keep the world stable and insure the nurturing of democracy. The fact that since 1945 the world has been stable and productive and grown in economic prosperity beyond belief is proof enough that overall American policy has been correct.

Oddly, as I write this review in March of 2014, the Russians have invaded and conquered Crimea and threaten the Ukraine. At the same time the Russians are expanding their territory by force Red China is pressuring Japan and other nations in its orbit for territorial concessions. As the USA pulls back from its position as the leader of the world we see what the world would have been like -and will be like- as America passes from the world stage. Kagan wrote his book in 2012, but now we can see that he was entirely correct. People have not changed in the post-modern era as progressives suggest. As American power declines the world is becoming a very frightening place.

The present US administration, under Obama, has planned to remove the USA from the role of the world's policeman; however, they are doing this without allowing our allies time to rearm and fill the power vacuum. The way to leave a leadership role is to announce that you are going to pull back in 3 years and tell Germany, France, England, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and others to start protecting themselves.
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