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What parts do? The way I see it, only the security situation of Taiwan, Korea and Japan is substantially influenced for the better by significant US presence. Western and Central Europe is not under threat, the colonial adventures of Iraq and Afghanistan proved failures and even the puppet governments the US installed got animated and turned on them (well the ones in Iraq were pro-Iran forces from the start who submitted to the US for tactical reasons), the Arab Spring and the South Ossetian war proved that the mere presence of representatives of the hegemon behind local allies won't deter rival powers or democracy-minded populations anymore, and Chávez proved that the hegemon can now be challenged outright by a small power with impunity.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 03:20:19 AM EST
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