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“Really, I think that the editor is dead wrong: there is no such thing as politically unbiased news about the US and its actions at home and abroad from almost any source. The reason why is, there is no disinterested source. We are the 500lb. gorilla: US actions and policies affect virtually every nation on Earth, and most of all affect the ruling classes and intellectualist elites of every nation on Earth. As a result, there are no disinterested parties when it comes to US policy and national events.”

And the threat of the semi-covert Transnational Progressivism intellectual movement among American governmental and academic elites is essentially that ( with a wink and a nod) they say to these foreign ruling elites ” Do not worry. We will restrain and marshal American power in partnership with you and your interests. We see overwhelming American dominance as a threat just like you do so we will help you erect counterweights to limit American freedom of action and do nothing to undermine your own, often illegitimate and undemocratic, power structures “.

These are the real stakes in 2004. A large bipartisan swath of the elite foreign policy establishment is absolutely furious with Bush for rejecting this implicit understanding with the rest of the world’s power-brokers. Bush has upset all the restrictive applecarts ( Kyoto, ICC, the UNSC ” veto ” power over intervention) they designed to tie the hands of future American presidents. The Transnational Progressives don’t really give a rusty damn about whether Iraq is running well or no anymore than they did about the survival of the Bosnians or the morality of negotiating with Slobodan Milosevic while the Balkan strongman played at genocide. They’re after power for themselves, to be exercised in the most opaque and unaccountable manner the American electorate can be made to tolerate. The dream is to quietly and slowly jerry-rig a structure for America that apes that of the EU bureaucracy who are proof against democratic recall or oversight.

To them, Islamist terrorism is simply ” the cost of doing business” for the lone superpower to be paid for by the rest of us.

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