One of Fareed Zakaria’s guest’s on GPS today was Paul Volker, former head of the Federal Reserve. His main reason for worrying about the abysmal state of American governance is that “there’s nobody else out there who could lead the world.” Most people will agree with that, but few stop to consider whether the world needs a leader.
As if to underline the fact that it’s time for world go-vernance instead of a world leader, Zakaria’s next two guests, Richard N Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, had a lengthy discussion over whether the U.S. should seriously consider either taking out Iran’s nuclear facilities, or somehow effectuating regime change.
Our leaders and those who comment on their doings have ceased to live in the real world. These two highly paid intellectuals were also considering whether or not to “let Israel do it”, underlining the fact that this tiny country that deprives the Palestinians of a homeland, maintains a military far out of proportion to either its size or its potential threats, thanks to our help, and is eager to “reciprocate”.
The question is, does anyone doubt that a world government would consider Iran a threat to the world community?
While our diplomats and military mull over the best way to “keep America safe”, the leaders of other countries are working together to try to keep the planet from either overheating or blowing up. While we discuss our “responsibility” to lead, the rest of the world would be happy if we could just cooperate.