Chalmers Johnson is the author of more than a dozen books, including Revolutionary Change (Stanford), Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (Holt/Owl) and, most recently, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (Metropolitan).
The United States no longer has the capability to remain a global hegemon, and to pretend otherwise is to invite disaster.
As Congress and Obama wrangle over the cost of much-needed domestic expenditures, no one suggests that closing some of these unpopular, expensive imperial enclaves might be a good way to save some money.
This can be a transformative election. Will economic meltdown, race or regional loyalty be the trump card?
If we don't reduce military spending now, the bankruptcy of the United States is inevitable. We don't have much time left.
The American foreign affairs establishment seems finally to have gotten worried about the antics of the Boy Emperor.
US actions abroad have repeatedly led to unintended, indefensible consequences.