{"174273":{"id":"174273","parent":"0","time":"1590165758","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/05\/22\/america-terrified-what-makes-this-superpower-so-sensitive\/","category":"USA","title":"America the Terrified: What Makes This Superpower So Sensitive?","lead_image_url":"http:\/\/newsnet.fr\/img\/newsnet_174273_7IG3mTTI_RY.jpg","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"america-the-terrified-what-makes-this-superpower-so-sensitive","admin":"newsnet","views":"24","priority":"3","length":"17127","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003EPatrick Armstrong\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThey want to meet me not because I'm Mike from Kansas, because I represent the greatest nation in the history of civilization.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.state.gov\/the-state-department-is-winning-for-america\"\u003EU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 28 February 2020\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EI want everyone to be reminded that America remains the world's leading light of humanitarian goodness as well amidst this global pandemic.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.state.gov\/secretary-michael-r-pompeo-remarks-to-the-press-8\"\u003EU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 7 April 2020\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003Eno greater privilege and no greater honour than serving as the commander in chief of the greatest military in the history of the world.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.express.co.uk\/news\/world\/750633\/Barack-Obama-US-military-powerful-speech-final-president\"\u003EBarack Obama January 2018\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EOne of the curiosities about the United States is that, on the one hand, Americans are forever boasting about how powerful, how democratic and altogether wonderful their country is while, on the other hand, they are receptive to assertions that this mightiness and excellence is on the brink of disappearing. It's a very peculiar state of affairs probably best left to psychiatrists to ponder. We laypeople are left wondering: has there ever been so frightened a superpower? So mighty and all about to be lost.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EThree years of Trump have destroyed its alliances\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe United States is the principal member of NATO - \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.martenscentre.eu\/blog\/nato-seventy-why-it-remains-greatest-alliance-world-has-ever-known\"\u003Ethe greatest alliance the world has ever known\u003C\/a\u003E\". Its flacks sang its praises on its 70\u003Csup\u003Eth\u003C\/sup\u003E birthday: \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.martenscentre.eu\/blog\/nato-seventy-why-it-remains-greatest-alliance-world-has-ever-known\"\u003Egreatest ever said Poland's President\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/time.com\/5564171\/why-nato-is-essential-world-peace\"\u003Eessential for world peace\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/nationalinterest.org\/feature\/why-nato-stronger-ever-100482\"\u003Estronger than ever\u003C\/a\u003E and so on. And yet, a mere three years of President Trump has put it at the gates of death if not already killed it. \"T \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.foreignaffairs.com\/articles\/2019-02-26\/how-trump-killed-atlantic-alliance\"\u003Ehe Atlantic alliance as we know it is dead\u003C\/a\u003E\". Or perhaps not dead quite yet: \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.vox.com\/world\/2018\/6\/12\/17448866\/trump-south-korea-alliance-trudeau-g7\"\u003Ean erosion of the foundations of the political system that defines - and protects - the modern world\u003C\/a\u003E\"; \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/nationalinterest.org\/feature\/will-trump-destroy-americas-alliance-europe-87746?page=0,1\"\u003EThe result could be nothing less than the fracturing of the Western alliance\u003C\/a\u003E\".\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt is not my purpose to discuss whether Trump is trying to kill the alliances - indeed, I \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2018\/01\/02\/trump-cuts-gordian-knot-foreign-entanglements\"\u003Esuspect that he may be\u003C\/a\u003E. The point is the assertion, apparently to be taken with a straight face, that this 70-year old alliance, the keystone of an interlocking system of alliances and relations centred on the United States, can be fatally weakened so quickly by one man. Even if that man be President of the principal member.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EThree years of Trump have destroyed its democracy\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe United States in 2016 was \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thesatirist.com\/news\/us-democracy-proves-itself-best-in-the-world.html\"\u003E\"the greatest democracy in the world\"\u003C\/a\u003E but just a bit of Trump and it's fading fast. \"Trump is a Frankenstein's monster of past presidents' worst attributes\" chides someone worrying that Trump will destroy the presidency (but fortunately we have \"esteemed former FBI director Robert Mueller\" to redress the balance). Some \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newyorker.com\/news\/news-desk\/donald-trumps-anti-american-values\"\u003Enow-forgotten statements were evidence of candidate Trump's anti-American values\u003C\/a\u003E. \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/slate.com\/news-and-politics\/2017\/06\/who-has-kept-trump-from-destroying-american-democracy-so-far.html\"\u003EOn Inauguration Day, the president seemed poised to destroy American democracy\"\u003C\/a\u003E and the author lists people and institutions preventing him from doing so; some haven't worn well: James Comey (Russia!), GCHQ (Russia!), Russiagate reporters (Russia!), the intelligence community (Russia!), Susan Rice (Russia!), Adam Schiff (Russia!). In fact, a little bit of Trump has ruined lots of things: \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newsweek.com\/trump-grinch-cnn-ruins-holidays-725932\"\u003EA List Of Everything Donald Trump Has Ruined This Year, From Retweets To The Solar Eclipse\u003C\/a\u003E\". But, as the Russia story sinks, COVID-19 rises to give Trump the chance to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.salon.com\/2020\/05\/11\/author-of-how-fascism-works-pandemic-offers-trump-a-dangerous-opportunity-to-seize-power\"\u003Eexpress his inner fascist\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe American political system is more than two centuries old; it has gone through a lot; it has had many mediocre presidents and survived them. But, apparently, Trump is just too much. Again we see the \"greatest\" weakened quickly and easily.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EIts elections are at the mercy of foreign enemies\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETo many non-Americans, its electoral system - registration, voting machines, Electoral College - is pretty arcane. Especially since they learned of the epistemological problems of \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.wisegeek.com\/what-is-a-hanging-chad.htm\"\u003Ehanging chads\u003C\/a\u003E\". But to Americans it's theirs and they're used to it. But suddenly, it's at jeopardy in some undefined way. Did the Russians actually change the result of the vote? \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.usatoday.com\/story\/news\/politics\/2018\/05\/08\/senate-report-no-evidence-russians-changed-vote-tallies-2016\/592978002\"\u003ENo evidence that it did\u003C\/a\u003E. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/fivethirtyeight.com\/features\/how-much-did-russian-interference-affect-the-2016-election\"\u003EHard to say\u003C\/a\u003E. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/townhall.com\/tipsheet\/katiepavlich\/2017\/01\/05\/clapper-no-evidence-russians-changed-votes-in-presidential-election-n2267531\"\u003ENo evidence they changed votes but they tried to interfere\u003C\/a\u003E. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.wired.com\/story\/did-russia-affect-the-2016-election-its-now-undeniable\"\u003ENo, it's \"undeniable\" that they affected it\u003C\/a\u003E. How did they affect it? \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.wired.com\/story\/did-russia-affect-the-2016-election-its-now-undeniable\"\u003EMueller showed how\u003C\/a\u003E (another one that isn't wearing well). By \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/posteverything\/wp\/2016\/11\/28\/whether-or-not-russians-hacked-the-election-they-messed-with-our-democracy\"\u003Esowing confusion\u003C\/a\u003E\" or \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/intelligence.house.gov\/social-media-content\"\u003Ediscord\u003C\/a\u003E\" or something. But maybe they did swing it: \"t \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newyorker.com\/magazine\/2018\/10\/01\/how-russia-helped-to-swing-the-election-for-trump\"\u003Eargeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive\u003C\/a\u003E\". \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newsweek.com\/putin-trump-elected-clinton-700761\"\u003ESomebody thinks Putin thinks they did\u003C\/a\u003E. Anyway, Trump is his \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thehill.com\/homenews\/news\/484105-clinton-calls-trump-putins-puppet-amid-reports-that-russia-is-interfering-in\"\u003Epuppet\u003C\/a\u003E\" and is \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.slate.com\/articles\/news_and_politics\/cover_story\/2016\/07\/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html\"\u003Edoing Putin's bidding\u003C\/a\u003E. \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.forbes.com\/sites\/stevedenning\/2018\/12\/16\/mueller-exposes-putins-hold-over-trump\"\u003EMueller Exposes Putin's Hold Over U.S. President Trump\u003C\/a\u003E\".\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ENext time it will be worse. \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/opinions\/2019\/10\/08\/putin-helped-trump-what-is-he-planning\"\u003EPutin helped Trump in 2016. What is he planning for 2020?\u003C\/a\u003E\" \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.cnn.com\/2019\/10\/21\/tech\/russia-instagram-accounts-2020-election\/index.html\"\u003EFacebook: Russian trolls are back. And they're here to meddle with 2020\u003C\/a\u003E\". \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtontimes.com\/news\/2018\/dec\/2\/vladimir-putins-deep-fakes-threaten-us-elections\"\u003EPutin developing fake videos to foment 2020 election chaos: 'It's going to destroy lives'\u003C\/a\u003E\". But not alone, this time: \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/amac.us\/chinese-regime-bigger-threat-to-us-elections-than-russia-barr-says\"\u003EChinese Regime Bigger Threat to U.S. Elections Than Russia, Barr Says\u003C\/a\u003E\". The Russian sowing machine is joined by the Chinese one. Poor Americans: duped so easily by so little - Putin \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.moonofalabama.org\/2018\/12\/how-putins-russia-turned-x-into-a-weapon.html\"\u003Eweaponises everything: information, culture, vaccines and many more\u003C\/a\u003E. How can an electorate bamboozled by Putin's weaponisation of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.cnn.com\/videos\/cnnmoney\/2017\/10\/12\/russian-meddling-extended-to-pokemon-go-byers-bts.cnn\"\u003EPokemon Go\u003C\/a\u003E and mesmerised by \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/arstechnica.com\/tech-policy\/2017\/10\/russias-facebook-ads-have-been-handed-over-to-congress\"\u003Ecute puppies\u003C\/a\u003E, even though they come from the country that is \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.usnews.com\/news\/best-countries\/best-education\"\u003E#1\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.usnews.com\/news\/best-countries\/best-education\"\u003Ein\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.usnews.com\/news\/best-countries\/best-education\"\u003EEducation Ranking\u003C\/a\u003Es\", possibly be expected to exercise their franchise? Don't ask someone in the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theconversation.com\/how-to-avoid-accidentally-becoming-a-russian-agent-116034\"\u003Eline at Starbucks - Putin's unwitting agents are everywhere\u003C\/a\u003E. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thetimes.co.uk\/article\/childrens-show-is-propaganda-for-putin-say-critics-j9wxcvslm\"\u003EChildrens' cartoons\u003C\/a\u003E are one of his weapons to take over America minds.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAmerican democracy, so strong, so long, so flimsy.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EFreedom of speech is under attack\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.weforum.org\/agenda\/2016\/11\/freedom-of-speech-country-comparison\"\u003EBut saying what you like is more accepted in the United States than anywhere else, according to recent research\u003C\/a\u003E. Americans take great pride in the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.law.cornell.edu\/constitution\/first_amendment\"\u003EFirst Amendment\u003C\/a\u003E and often argue that it gives \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.kcur.org\/government\/2017-11-13\/first-amendment-expert-other-countries-would-have-criminalized-trumps-comments\"\u003Efree speech greater protection than in any other democracy\u003C\/a\u003E. The now-crumbling Russiagate nonsense spawned an entire industry warning about Russian\"disinformation\". Not only were the cunning Russians creeping into our elections, but they were creeping into our brains too. Perhaps the weirdest example of how stunningly powerful Russian disinformation was supposed to be is shown in the intelligence \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.dni.gov\/files\/documents\/ICA_2017_01.pdf\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Ereport on the supposed Russian involvement\u003C\/a\u003E in the election: nearly half the space was devoted to a four-year old rant about RT. RT? Its budget is a mere fraction of the West's media outlets and there is nothing to suggest it has much of an audience. It is, in fact, \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=7IG3mTTI_RY\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E Americans\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=7IG3mTTI_RY\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E talking about America in America\u003C\/a\u003E; sure it's propaganda but it's a tiny baby next to the BBC, CNN and so on. Nonetheless:\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.hudson.org\/research\/13233-the-trump-report-is-a-russian-provocation\"\u003EDeeply divided and in the grip of partisan passions, U.S. society is slipping into a quagmire of Russian disinformation in which the Putin regime will find it very easy to create reality and destroy facts\u003C\/a\u003E.\"\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.psychologytoday.com\/us\/blog\/intersections\/201612\/the-threat-fake-news-our-democracy\"\u003EThe Threat of Fake News to Our Democracy\u003C\/a\u003E\"\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thedailybeast.com\/china-launches-a-fake-news-campaign-to-blame-the-us-for-coronavirus\"\u003EChina Launches a Fake News Campaign to Blame the U.S. for Coronavirus\"\u003C\/a\u003E\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.forbes.com\/sites\/kateoflahertyuk\/2018\/05\/03\/cyber-warfare-the-threat-from-nation-states\/#1c4c82e11c78\"\u003ECyber Warfare: The Threat From Nation States\u003C\/a\u003E\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESomething has to be done about the threat -\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/techcrunch.com\/2018\/02\/18\/fake-news-is-an-existential-crisis-for-social-media\"\u003EExistential threat\u003C\/a\u003E\". Have to stop \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.aspenideas.org\/articles\/how-to-stop-the-spread-of-fake-news-on-social-media\"\u003Eit on social media\u003C\/a\u003E. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/roomfordebate\/2016\/11\/22\/how-to-stop-the-spread-of-fake-news\"\u003EDiscussors in the NYT suggest how\u003C\/a\u003E. Disinterested people like the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/fortune.com\/2018\/05\/17\/facebook-atlantic-council-election-propaghanda\"\u003EAtlantic Council\u003C\/a\u003E must take charge to help social media use\"community standards\". So goodbye to the idea of an informed citizenry free to hear all points of view; the only way to defend freedom against this mighty Russian assault is to become subjects told what they may and may not see. It is striking that in the Cold War the Soviets blocked Western media but the West didn't bother to block the Soviets. The present reversal tells you a lot about who's more truthful, doesn't it?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESo little old RT blew up one of the great prides of American democracy that had survived wars and all sorts of crises. And so quickly, too\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbig\u003EIts military power is about to disappear\u003C\/big\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAnd finally we come to the\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.express.co.uk\/news\/world\/750633\/Barack-Obama-US-military-powerful-speech-final-president\"\u003Egreatest military in the history of the world\u003C\/a\u003E\"aka\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/breakingdefense.com\/2016\/05\/clintons-defense-spending-vague-but-more-hawkish-than-obama\"\u003Ethe best-trained, best-equipped and strongest military the world has ever known\u003C\/a\u003E\". The USA spends far more than any other country - \u003Cspan id=\"bt2e57d4\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"togglebub('app__2e57d4_wiki_call_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org(slash)wiki(slash)List*of*countries*by*military*expenditures_1')\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-wiki2\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures\"\u003Eabout a third of the world total in fact\u003C\/a\u003E. It has \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thenation.com\/article\/archive\/the-us-has-military-bases-in-172-countries-all-of-them-must-close\"\u003E800 (or is it a thousand?) bases around the world\u003C\/a\u003E; operates more fleet aircraft carriers than everybody else. Never lost a war (well Vietnam but, insisted Obama,\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.politifact.com\/factchecks\/2011\/sep\/05\/barack-obama\/barack-obama-says-us-never-lost-major-battle-vietn\"\u003Eyou won every major battle of that war. Every single one\u003C\/a\u003E.\") The USA is the\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.worldatlas.com\/articles\/who-has-the-best-military-in-the-world.html\"\u003Eultimate military superpower\u003C\/a\u003E\"; it believes itself capable of\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/archive.defense.gov\/news\/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289\"\u003Efull-spectrum dominance\u003C\/a\u003E\". The United States itself is as securely protected by geography as can be imagined - barring nuclear weapons, no power can or could threaten it. It is as secure as can be.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut so weak. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/breakingdefense.com\/2018\/06\/gao-decision-threatens-us-military-dominance-reject-it\"\u003EA little decision by an agency few have heard of means Chinese dominance of future high technology\u003C\/a\u003E. Space cyberwarfare? \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.militarytimes.com\/opinion\/commentary\/2019\/09\/04\/the-us-is-unprepared-for-space-cyberwarfare\"\u003EYou can pretty well forget about that particular\"spectrum\"\u003C\/a\u003E. Its military edge has\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/world\/national-security\/us-military-edge-has-eroded-to-a-dangerous-degree-study-for-congress-finds\/2018\/11\/13\/ea83fd96-e7bc-11e8-bd89-eecf3b178206_story.html\"\u003Eeroded to a dangerous degree\u003C\/a\u003E\"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.cnas.org\/press\/in-the-news\/jim-mattis-warns-us-losing-military-edge\"\u003E\"in every domain of warfare\"\u003C\/a\u003E.\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.cnn.com\/2015\/06\/08\/opinions\/bradin-yoho-defense-department-culture-change\/index.html\"\u003EOur military is becoming outdated\u003C\/a\u003E.\"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theatlantic.com\/politics\/archive\/2019\/07\/china-us-war\/594793\"\u003ECould lose\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.dailymail.co.uk\/news\/article-8326109\/US-lose-war-China-fought-Pacific-Pentagon-sources-warn.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490\"\u003Ewould lose against China\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.express.co.uk\/news\/world\/1139971\/Trump-latest-news-Iran-war-gulf-Oman-tanker-USA-military-conflict\"\u003Ecould lose against Iran\u003C\/a\u003E, or \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2019\/08\/05\/opinion\/inf-treaty-putin-trump.html\"\u003ERussia\u003C\/a\u003E, the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcnews.com\/news\/us-news\/u-s-military-crisis-could-lose-war-russia-china-report-n936431\"\u003Emilitary is in crisis\u003C\/a\u003E,\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.usnews.com\/news\/national-news\/articles\/2018-11-14\/us-could-lose-war-against-russia-or-china-commission-says\"\u003Eno longer clearly superior\u003C\/a\u003E\".\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAnd so the world's mightiest military is consumed with fear and doubt.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E* * *\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhat are we outside observers to make of this alternating boasting and fearfulness?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EI'm well aware of the motives. Saying that Trump is destroying everything and must be removed shows the demented state of politics of the USA; as Russiagate falls apart, they have to shout louder. Ranting about RT prevents admitting that the truthful part of the propaganda divide is on the other side. Shutting down discussion makes it easier to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.msn.com\/en-us\/health\/medical\/mike-pompeo-says-we-lied-we-cheated-we-stole-in-cia\/vi-AAEKX7U\"\u003Elie and cheat and steal\u003C\/a\u003E. Shrieking that the USA is about to lose its military dominance is shilling for the weapons makers who pay you. All that is obvious.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut that's not what fascinates me. A truly confident country would laugh at the suggestion that it's on the edge of the precipice; a country that thinks it is, is not confident in itself. The\"American Dream\"has gone adrift in food stamps, opioids, prisons, the gig economy, super-rich. Recall Obama's winning slogan\"Hope and Change\"; recall Sanders' speeches about those left out of The Dream; recall Trump's winning slogan:\"Make America Great \u003Ci\u003EAgain\u003C\/i\u003E\". All these point to a gut knowledge of coming doom that cannot be eased by boasting.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe co-existence of blustering and tremulousness not only reveals an apprehension of failure but, in a country with the destructive power of the USA, it is frightening for the rest of us.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/05\/22\/america-terrified-what-makes-this-superpower-so-sensitive\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}