In 2008 I still felt the American elections were crucial to the entire world because of the aura of the United States and its sheer military might.
Difficult as it will be for most Americans to admit, and notwithstanding our thousand bases around the world, that is no longer true.
The hopeless wars we are fighting are only one piece of evidence. Every week brings new events that usually however do not make it into the mainstream media. Last week if you happen to be an RT viewer you would have learned that China and Nicaragua are planning to cut a new canal through Central America - right in our own back yard. (Yet we still do not recognize the government of Cuba....)
There’s no point in reiterating how low our reputation has fallen abroad, especially in the Arab world, but let me just say here that I’m getting pretty tired of hearing the media imply, as MSNBC just did, that the 100 point drop in the Dow at opening was due to the financial situation in Europe. One of the best kept secrets these days is that the Euro crisis is a direct consequence of the irresponsible behavior of Wall Street that brought on the 2008 crash.
I’ll be writing more often once I finish proofing the paperback edition of my memoir: ‘Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: A Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring’.