More prosaically, it's also unaffordable. That's why one of the first things that middle-rank powers abandon once they go down this road is a global military capability. If you take the view that the U.S. is an imperialist aggressor, congratulations: You can cease worrying. But, if you think that America has been the ultimate guarantor of the post-war global order, it's less cheery. Five years from now, just as in Canada and Europe two generations ago, we'll be getting used to announcements of defense cuts to prop up the unsustainable costs of big government at home. And, as the superpower retrenches, America's enemies will be quick to scent opportunity.We're now the Great Britain of the 21st Century.
22 March 2010
3/21. Happy Dependence Day!
Mark Steyn, who as a Canadian has some experience with such things, looks at what government-controlled health care will mean for our future. It ain't pretty: