dent720La politique suicidaire des Etats-Unis

Depuis que les Etats-Unis ont gagné la Guerre froide, leur hégémonie mondiale repose sur trois piliers : le pouvoir économique, la puissance militaire, et une formidable capacité d’exportation de leur culture populaire. L’émergence récente de nouveaux pouvoirs – l’Union européenne, la Chine, l’Inde et une Russie décidée à reconquérir son ancien statut – a toutefois érodé la capacité des Etats-Unis à décider unilatéralement de la marche du monde.

L’Amérique reste néanmoins clairement le pays le plus puissant au monde. Son déclin a plus à voir avec l’exercice incompétent du pouvoir qu’à l’apparition de concurrents. Les difficultés actuelles des Etats-Unis sont essentiellement imputables à la « conduite suicidaire des affaires de l’État

~» par les dirigeants américains, pour reprendre les termes piquants d’Arnold Toynbee pour décrire ce qui ce qu’il considérait être la cause ultime de la chute des empires.

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