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March 11th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What if U.S. loses superpower status?

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America's recession could mean the end of its role as a superpower - according to a piece in "The Atlantic" magazine.

Robert Kaplan writes how politicians have pretty much taken for granted that since Pearl Harbor Americans would cooperate with military missions and costs. For almost seven decades, the home front has been willing to write blank checks for our efforts abroad - building ships, planes, and tanks so the U.S. could assert itself overseas.

Kaplan suggests this tradition might come to the end; transforming the U.S. into a "shrinking superpower." He writes how the public turned against the Iraq war back in 2006; and how the Obama administration probably has about a year to improve things in Afghanistan before the public turns on that effort too.

And there's more - how about the expensive weapons programs and air and sea platforms around the world? These are what make the U.S. a global dominant power and a critical diplomatic voice. These things also cost a fortune.

Kaplan doesn't see a sudden slashing of defense budgets by the Obama administration. Rather a "gradual siphoning" of money away from the Defense department and the military over the next decade. Meanwhile, China, India and other nations are growing their forces. Kaplan writes that he doesn't think it will mean a security crisis for the U.S., but instead a multi-polar world.

And in the end, the worst economic crisis to hit us since the Great Depression could mean that Americans turn more inward and focus on the homeland.

Here’s my question to you: What will it mean if America loses its superpower status?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Theresa writes:
If and when the U.S. loses superpower status, we will hopefully follow all the other has-been (dare I say) European superpowers and at long last provide health care for all our citizens and put the emphasis upon arming our children with knowledge and not weapons.

Randy from Salt Lake City writes:
What do you mean "if," Jack? Very soon the U.S. will lose its AAA rating because it is insolvent. We cannot repay our debt because we're broke, which means, we'll have to bring our military personnel home from the 730 foreign bases. The empire will be no more. So once this country falls to banana republic level, the world might be able to breathe a sigh of relief because the UCA (United Corporations of American) won't be destabilizing or destroying other countries for corporate profit.

Anna writes:
Jack, We are no longer a superpower. Now China controls everything. We only lead in greed and corruption.

Roy from Chicago writes:
The economic crisis has affected all countries globally, so we are not the only ones shrinking. But, over the last 50 years, we have turned more into a 'contract' superpower that protects most of the free world, where those countries have ceased military development. Perhaps remaining a superpower in the 21st century means redefining the role and sharing the cost.

Andrew from California writes:
I think we've already lost our superpower status: our companies moved away, our cars can't compete and people here are more interested in an octomom then the idiocy being passed through in Washington. We'll be broke for generations.

Dean from Pennsylvania writes:
All superpowers lose their status sometime. All empires get broken up, i.e. Roman, Ottoman, USSR, Nazi-Germany, etc. We will survive just as all of the others who have fallen. It may seem like the end of the world, but the sun will come out again tomorrow.


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  1. KimSmith, Dodge City, Kansas

    News flash, Jack. We stopped being a "superpower" a long time ago. The Chinese own our debt, the Saudis our energy, Mexico controls our borders and a bearded nut-case holds our peace of mind hostage. There's nothing "super" about that.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  2. Michael Durham Signal Hill Ca.

    The best way to remain a superpower is to save our economy. If we allow corruption and greed to destroy our economy and still spend hugh sums of money on the military we will go down the road of the Soviet Union. No stock pile of weapons can save a country from itself.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  3. Deborah, Los Angeles

    For all intents and purposes, America has already lost its superpower status. Because of the last 8 years of W and his lying, thieving, torturing and bullying cronies, next to no one respects us, trusts us nor likes us. As the last 8 years have shown us, guns & bombs are no longer the only definition of 'superpower.' That definiton has now changed, thank goodness.

    President Obama is a big step in the right direction to restoring America's honor-and he's working at lightening speed to undo the damage of the last administration. As our new president has said, we can be the beacon of light on the hill once again. I am hopeful.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Like that's going to happen! The World is in the crapper and we're still at the top. However, it is time we become a World Power by example not by force – we could start by putting aside our Hollywood "John Wayne" alter ego and become more like the reality of a Marion Morrison – a kind and decent man that you wouldn't want to mess with.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  5. LUCY - ILLINOIS

    I don't think the USA should be the police for the world. Russia tried it and look what shape they are in now. We should act with other country's and not do like Bush, and try to do the majority ourselves. russia is bankrupted and that is the direction the GOP and Bush did.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  6. Nancy, Tennessee

    If America looses its superpower status, it should deter any future President from taking us to unnecessary wars. We should not be running all over the world taking on dictatorships while our nation falls apart. We have let our infrastructure deteriate, our economy go down the tubes, and our people do without healthcare all in the name of bringing democracy to a country that didn't want it. We need to start here at home and build our country up and worry about world dominance on another day.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  7. bill, british colubia

    Hey jack. as usual, you guys are always the last one's to know. If you hadn't noticed America is no longer a finacial superpower(re; current finacial disaster), no longer considered a military superpower(re; Viet nam. Iraq) You've been exposed. And no longer a manufactoring superpower(re; outsorcing)

    March 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  8. Sheryl

    What has contributed to our demise is a long list of individual and collective bad choices. We've lost our manufacturing base, many greedy American companies keep outsourcing more jobs, greedy American companies continue to hire illegals instead of U.S. workers, and as greedy consumers, we want everything now and we want it cheap – even if it means fellow Americans are jobless or can't make a living wage. People do not save money and thus have been living on the edge of a financial abyss for years. Added to this toxic economic mess is the cost – in lives and money – of trying to be the world's policeman by invading Iraq. Jack, we may still have time to turn this around, but it will take hard work, discipline and, yes, change.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  9. Ralph Nelson

    A more dangerous world. Inability of the Republican Party to invade other countries and create democracies. Even fewer U.S. manufacturers. Probably a run up to World War III. Possibly a return of Republicans to presidency and Congress and an end to our country and recreation of banana republic status. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  10. Steve Klotz

    What will happen if America loses its Superpower status? Well, certainly a lot of Republicans will be pretty disappointed, what with their huge military position. I think companies like Halliburton and KBR and defense (read:Offense) contractors' stock will drop. But, I think we'd all be better off. It's time to start worrying about out own back yard and negotiating with other countries like equals, instead of like the big bully on the block. You can only be the "big bully" for so long. It's time for us to 'step down' before we get knocked off our pedestal.

    Steve Klotz
    Portland, OR

    March 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  11. Mark Kocka Hayward, Wi.

    It means we can put our own nations crises first for a change!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  12. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    It is time that other nations step up to the plate and share or take over responsibilities that the U.S. should have shed long ago. We should not be the police force of the world, yet every nation turns to us to uphold the peace. Western Europe once looked upon the U.S. as its only insurance against being consumed by the U.S.S.R., which no longer exists. At the end of WW II, the U.S. was the only nation mostly untouched by the ravages of war so we helped everyone rebuild, now, except in the case of crises, only third-world nations need help, and we are not alone in prosperity nor should we be in responsibility. It would be good for the world if we Americans were a bit more humble in our approach to foreign relations and OUR wallets will not be so badly taxed. I look forward to that day.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  13. Mike, FL

    Future generations of americans and across the world will be morepassive and in turn will want to resolve world issues that will threaten all of us. Thus One World Order!!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  14. Karen - Missouri

    It means we won't be under so much pressure to be everything to everyone.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  15. gerry luimes

    This is a timely questionJack; Many of us are mulling over this question.It might be a good change for the nation to realise that its staus of "empire" is on the wane.It will make the nation more acceptable to the rest of the world that has considered it during the last years to preach a "mission to decomcratise" some countries,countries that did not ask for it,and often were reluctant to conform to that idea. That is one reason why I am delighted with a change in political thinking coming from Washington.Convinced we're
    going in the right direction. (Harvard intellectualism can never be discounted)

    March 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Tanya, Princeton, NJ

    Sadly, we already have lost our status as a superpower. The world economy is a mess because of us and our failed policies.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  17. HD in AZ

    It means that history will simply be repeating cycles that have always been in motion. Especially with regard to those countries like the U.S. that seem doomed to repeat the mistakes of history as a result corrupt political leadership. Thanks to Bush Jr, all of the GOP and a great deal of the Democrats, this country is now headed down a road where it will soon be a state just like Mexico where wealth is consolidated among a small group of rich people, the middle class is a tiny unstable minority and the lower class is the dominant class within the population.

    HD in AZ

    March 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  18. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    It may mean that America has finally matured as a nation and joined the ranks of previously imperialist states which once were colonial powers, like England and Spain,which no longer have an empire. We're becoming "civilized."

    March 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  19. Vic Leeber

    Vic Leeber From Stony Point NY.

    If the United States loses it's superpower status we will be stuck trying to figure out how to waste billions of dollars that was once used to police the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  20. Cal York

    We already have. But we can outsource, we are very good at that. We may be the richest, we may have all the new toys, and we may have the will, but we have no manufacturing base anymore. We'd have to buy metal from China, uniforms from Mexico, and probably troops from India, since they are who I always talk to when I call customer service.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  21. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Hang onto your running shoes America. Considering our choices for leadership; start jogging. You will need the practice when it will be our turn to pull the rickshaws.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  22. Ronald Holst

    Jack did I Read YOUR QUESTION WRITE ?
    DID YOU ASK ,WHAT IF ?
    JACK WE GAVE THAT UP,We HANED IT OVER with out hesitation when this country first tortured any one and shredded our constitution .
    The Only way we will ever Get It Back to that Stature Is when This Nation
    Hold Those Responsible For War Crimes and crimes agents Humanity . Not The World Court But Our Nation .
    Ron
    San Antonio TX

    March 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  23. Rose Knotts

    It means that the world will know that those who voted for George Bush helped this fall from the top and the perhaps they will not say "the US should change the ____situation."

    March 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  24. jeff from Joplin

    I would love it, Jack. As an American, I never had any super powers. Things like the 2 party system and electoral college kept me well away from any power.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  25. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Jack, America isn't going to lose it's superpower status but I'd love to see the USA take better care of it's homeland and citizens.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  26. Ken M . Millington MI

    Hello Jack. I don't believe that America will totally lose its super power status. That said i believe that americas influence in the world militarily will change for the better. We as a nation can not afford to keep fighting in and around every crisis that arises. It is time to rebuild Americas economy and infrastructure so that we can have a strong stable presences in the world. I know that we have fallen on hardtimes but dam it WERE AMERICANS tough, overcomers, able to rise together to overcome our difficulties and differences. America is not a specific race of people but but rather a idea/concept of freedom and equality for everyone . that is why we will always be a superpower. So lets unite together to strengthen what sets america apart from the rest of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  27. Dioganise in a greek restraunt in Reno

    How can a Nation that cannot even arm itself without
    forign content be considered a superpower?
    We don't even make our own bullets, let alone
    dress our troops without forign uniforms.
    even the Hummers are 65 percent forign manufactured.
    You don't want to know where we get our airplanes, Tanks,
    and helicopters.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  28. Melody Chapin

    American egocentrism. That's all our superpower status is. Why do we have to be a superpower anyway? Can't we just simply be a country that has integrity and compassion?

    Melody
    Harbor Springs, Michigan

    March 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  29. Paula in Albuquerque

    America ceased to be a "superpower", back in the Reagan era, when he transformed this country from the world's largest CREDITOR nation, to the world's largest DEBTOR nation! If the Chinese...the Dutch...and others around the world, are lending us money, and, in effect "carrying us"...we definitely are no longer a "superpower"!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  30. Trevman, Atlanta, GA

    We already lost that status if one looks at it, objectively, from a military standpoint. Iraq and Afghanistan has clearly demonstrated that fighting wars on two fronts simultaneously and winning them is a fallacy. Even with NATO help we can't win in Afghanistan. The only thing that makes us a superpower is our nuclear weapons capability and to use them in a war would mean a Pyrrhic victory, at best.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  31. just me!

    Our superpower status was destroyed in 8 years by the bush adminstration and their cowboy tactics/refusal to talk/refusal to compromise/determination to start wars with lies and deceit. we are now owned by foreign governments and citizens from China are busy buying up American housing. I cannot even talk to someone in the USA when calling about a computer, TV, credit card, etc etc etc

    March 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  32. Felipe Cuello from Santo Domingo

    It will mean that countries that are now American pawns will instead become pawns of countries like China. Being an American pawn isn't easy on the ego, but we are far less thrilled with how China has handled its pawns in the past. At least the US is a benevolent master. If you disagree, maybe you should ask Tibet.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  33. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    I don't think it will happen, Jack. Take a good look at the rest of the world and, in all honesty, is there a greater country than the US? I have every confidence that this President is the last person on earth to allow the USA to lose its 'superpower' status and it is high time that the doom and gloom merchants showed more patriotism and optimism.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  34. ruth bartz

    Merit pay will not reward teachers of merit, because the problem is not the teacher but the administrator. I just retired from 38 wonderful years of teaching. Merit pay has been discussed every year so I am well aware of the philosophy. BUT, who will decide who is meritorious? The principal who is climbing the career ladder and looking to promote those teachers who will promote him / her? Or will it be self promoting by those teachers who have private agendas and "brag" about their classroom wonders? Or will it be test scores...? I have been in and out of favor by principals; as a journalism teacher there have been many times that my job, may career was threatened. In addition, even though I am a Republican and basically unfriendly to unions, the California Teaching Association and tenure has protected the rights of teachers, and me, to speak up about educational philosophy. Yes, there might be a very few teachers who are less than stellar. If so, it is up to the administrator to deal with that person. Unfortunately, too many administrators run their school based on "best buddies" or "principal's pet." So, merit pay may very well make good teachers leave the profession.
    from Santa Barbara, Calif

    March 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  35. me46

    In case you hadn't noticed, Jack, the country has changed. No, not just politically, but demographically, economically, technologically and socially as well. This is not the same country, like it or not. The next few years will bring a transition unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime and no one knows where we're headed. We all need to reign in our excesses and just go with the flow.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  36. Peter Fern Park, Fl.

    It is unlikely that we will ever face a WWII type of opponent again. The places we have to fight are all far away. The people we have to fight live there(mostly) and they don't follow the geneva conventions. We will never be able to sustain/maintain a conventional military that can suspress them or destroy them. We will always have the capability to nuc them or any nation out of existence that attacks us but I don't see that happening.
    I don't believe we will lose our super power status but it wont look like the cold war power we wielded. It's a different world and we must adapt our military to it.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  37. ED in RI

    Jack;
    In my opinion, it would be the best thing that could happen to this country. "No more "in your face" ; "our way or no way" ideologies being rammed down the worlds' throats. It's obvious how the world- at- watch, has reacted to eight years of the Bush Administrations policies.
    In lieu of todays extreme problems around the world; why not focus on our country and its' citizens, and let the rest of the world deal with their own problems. "Not to mention the money involved in policing our current policies."
    NK

    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  38. Bob from New Brighton

    As long as we have the weapons to blow up the world we will be a "SUPER POWER" That means there are a lot of super powers and I just pray that one of those super powers doesn't start something that can't be finished until theres nobody left to see it.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  39. elizabeth

    We need to rethink our terminologies. "Super power," "third world," etc.. In this modern era, no one should be considered more or less than other peoples & nations. We are now a global community, whether we like it or not. Make no mistake about it, if there is any war, America is prepared. As things continue to rapidly change, who but an ego maniac would care if we lose some status as long as all our needs are reasonably met? Diplomacy & education will go a long way to ameliorate our differences. Fear has ruled us all for too long. If we spent more money on compassionately helping one another, we wouldn't have to worry so much about the dwindling war machines.
    Sacramento, CA.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  40. Dave, Vancouver, Canada

    It means China steps in as the economic, military and moral leader of the world. Pleasant thought, huh?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  41. Theresa

    All mothers have come to the realization that when our children learn to speak, losing superpower status is eventually inevitable. It's a natural cycle, but as history shows, as long as men rule the world, the lesson will not be learned and will sadly be repeated. If and when, the US loses superpower status we will hopefully follow all the other has-been (dare I say) European superpowers and at long last provide healthcare for all our citizens and put the emphasis upon arming our children with knowledge and not weapons. Can't imagine you'll read this on air, or even post it.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  42. Dean in Pa

    All super powers lose their status sometime. All empires get broken up, ex. Roman,Ottoman, USSR, Nazi-Germany, etc.
    We will survive just as all of the others who have fallen. It may seem like the end of the world, but the sun will again tomorrow.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  43. Joe

    Jack,

    As soon as we started importing more items from overseas than what we manufacture in the US is when we started to lose power. Perhaps we can buy from the Chinese our next missiles, and then watch them implode? What we can do to change this trend is to stop catering to the so called free-trade policies. If we buy what we manufacture, then we will survive.
    Oh by the way, who is to say that all these laptops assembled in China do not have "magic booby-traps" to stop running at the flip of a switch?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  44. Tony in IL

    Jack,

    I remember reading in high school that the US is the world police. We may have back then, but today, there is so many 3rd world countries that are growing technologically & militarily. The US can't continue this path of forcing our ideas down other countries throats. Sooner or later, this will come back to haunt us. We have already turned Islamic people against the US and our allies of the earlier years just aren't there like they use to. Yes we need the military might to defend our country..However, we seem to have military bases scattered all over the world, there by spreading the military thin on the home front.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  45. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    in this crisis we have to redefine what is the american dream! Not only it is not sustainable to any other country it is surely no longer sustainable in America. George Carlin, which I adore, use to say in a a monologue about Stuff : how we keep on buying stuff, then we have to buy a bigger house to put all our stuff...get the picture! How about defining a dream for every one that is a lot more sustainable. How about asking this dream to be one of higher quality and not lesser quality from everything we produce, use and buy!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  46. dave depree phd education tempe az

    super power status is an national ego thing that has bankrupted america. super power status has turned into more about imperialism than our freedom or safety. the war in iraq is a classic example of super power status gone astray.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  47. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    America is a shrinking superpower, but the rest of the world is also shrinking. Fortunately, America still has the ability to recover with the leadership of President Obama.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  48. Pugas-AZ

    I can't see that we can abdicate our postion as the world's super power. It will, however, continue to be extremely expensive and take effort and money away from solving many of our social issues. We have to be more selective in our support involving nation conflicts. This should be one of the major lessons from the last sixty years. However, i'm afraid the military/industrial complex is here to stay. Without it we will become a second tier country.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  49. Kingsley - Georgia

    Our failures in Iraq and Afghanistan prove that bigger guns and superpower status don't necessarily mean easy wins. As us Americans grow accustomed to such outcomes, I think we'll unfortunately become more accepting of less emphasis on military spending.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  50. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    in this crisis we have to redefine what is the american dream! Not only it is not sustainable to any other country it is surely no longer sustainable in America. George Carlin, which I adore, use to say in a a monologue about Stuff : how we keep on buying stuff, then we have to buy a bigger house to put all our stuff…get the picture! How about defining a dream for every one that is a lot more sustainable. How about asking this dream to be one of higher quality and not lesser quality from everything we produce, use and buy!

    I forgot! This would include a world with less violence, less weapons and oh yes how about a dream of living with more humanity and not less of it!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  51. T. G. from the virgin islands

    With the financial crisis the United States is facing, losing our status as a superpower would be the least of our worries.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  52. Ari

    Well don't ALL superpowers come to an end eventually?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  53. Troy

    It's not what if. It's when. If history is any guide, superpowers don't have an indefinate lifespan. America will always be a mahor world player, but humankind is coming into it's own in other parts of the world. Even if we kept military spending at current levels, other nations now have the economic capacity to challenge our military world dominance if they chose to do so.

    It's time we saw the writing on the wall. More of our fellow human beings are stepping up to the table and we should welcome them. This is an opportunity to save trillions on defense spending, get our allies to step up their forces, and set up amicable and mutualistic partnerships with countries that are coming to the world table whether we want them to or not.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  54. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: It's likely we have another 50 years if we wer to lose our superpower status. We have been so thumped down the last 8 years; our gbobal reputation tanked. With our new president, global respect is growing and no doubt our worldwide leadership will rise substantially. In the absence of a major world crisis, we're on track to maintain our role as THE world leader.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  55. Cori

    If we take a look at history, those who were superpowers became weak, and vulnerable, and eventually collapsed – and that's exactly where we are now, thanks to greed and corruption. History repeats itself...it should be a global theme.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  56. Kenny - Westford, MA

    Superpower status is not something to be proud of. Unfortunately our sale of weapon systems to the "friendly" Arab states is the only exports keeping us from going completely bankrupt.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  57. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    What super-power status? The United States started losing its status when Reagan became president and has accelerated under the mismanagement of Bush 41 and 43. The United States is finished and all of us better get used to it.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  58. Jim Sells

    Jack, the days of the U.S. as a superpower are over, and maybe that's for the better. Perhaps it will encourage a very self-absorbed nation to reach out to the rest of the world and cooperate in facing the challenges confronting us as humans and as a planet. We can summon the good from this uncertain and frightening time if only we remember that "we have nothing fear but fear itself". We, at our core as a nation, are strong, kind and generous. If we use those traits to guide our actions, we WILL come through this and once again prosper.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  59. DC MOM

    I would think these comments are indicative of a "give-up" mentality and that most of your viewers are of the hate-America crowd, if it were not for the FACT that you are censoring the comments submitted, deleting the ones from a pro-American point of view. I know, because you have censored all of JR in Norfolk's comments today (and yesterday). The Revolution has begun! The Communists have taken over the presses. May they (you) rot in Hell!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  60. Tino

    I think we already have lost that title. Besides, I'd rather be Super Respected; respect, true respect, is far superior to raw power and carries frankly more power and trust.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  61. Ron K

    Hi Jack:

    I don’t think we are shrinking any more than any of the other countries right now. So no, I do not have that perspective.

    Ron San Diego

    March 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  62. Mike S., New Orleans

    What the heck is a superpower Jack? I'd say Saudi Arabia is the most powerful nation on earth, since the shieks hold the whole world hostage with their oil prices.

    Bush and Cheney confused Superpower with Super Bully. Their 'deficits don't matter' philosphy and foreign policy blunders stripped us of super respect, if not super power status.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  63. gord

    americans should listen to DwigtD.Eisenhowers speech everyday america has been in profit wars seens W11

    March 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  64. mitchell, arkansas

    well, if being the lone super-power means we have to spend more than the rest of the world ,combined, on ’so-called’ defense, then it seems like we may be wasting an awful lot of wealth on inane things.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  65. Dylan from Bakersfield, CA

    uummmm.... lets see. TOTAL CHAOS!!!!! we have never had a war in this country for a reason. THEY ARE SCARED OF US!!!!! if we lose that control we are screwed.we are already behind in education and economics and we are all freaked out by that alone!!!! what do you think would happen if we lost all control!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  66. Jim S

    Newsflash! In case you haven't noticed, we haven't been a superpower for some time now. Other nations no longer fear us and all we seem to do is placate them with carrots to try and get our way. This might actually be good for this country because we won't have the ability to try and control everyone else and force our ideaology on them and police them. We should take a notice of Switzerland and Austria which have been neutral for decades and are two of the most prosperous nations on earth. They don't have to worry about an arms race or funding for it until the needs of their citizens suffer.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  67. Anna

    Jack we are no longer superpower. Now China controls everything. We only lead in greed and curruption.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  68. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It will mean that our nuclear stockpile is gone. This is where we really stand out as a super power. But this doesn’t have to happen.
    Our military operations directorates like toys, and our military plans and programs directorates like to bring on-board new and high-tech toys. We don’t need most of them, and they cost big bucks that could buy lots of boots and bullets. Our military logistics directorates have to stay on top of DO and XP to ensure they don’t waste all our defense funds on these toys.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  69. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    I don't see the U.S. becoming less than a super power in any forseeable future.
    That said, I think maybe a super power aint what it used to be! There is no longer a clear divide amongst the world's nations such as past differences between the communist world and the west. It's much more complicated now.
    The U.S. and the other countries of the world will see a decline in military spending out of necessity but, all being relative, the U.S, will stay at the top of military and economic power.
    Dicky Neely
    Corpus Christi, Tx.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  70. Roy - Chicago IL

    The economic crisis has affected all countried globally, so we are not the only ones shrinking. But, over the last 50 years, we have turned more into a 'contract' superpower that protects most of the free world, where those countries have ceased military development. Perhaps remaining a superpower in the 21st century means redefining the role and sharing the cost. Finally, if we are not a superpower per se, it creates a vacumm that I do not see another country filling at this time, no matter what China and Russia send out as propaganda.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  71. Mike in British Columbia Canada

    It means the US is in a lot of trouble...

    March 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  72. Russ South Haven

    Jack, IF we lose power. I counted you for more, but then again I counted OUR Government for more as well. Seems like we are in a recession, maybe depression of what i count on....

    March 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  73. george c paree

    Obama studyed under Saul Alinsky the father of community organaiziners The treaching the down fall of united states by over loading the welfare until the government collapsing our economy In 1966 the aarticile written buy Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Pivion explaining the how it a how to do it planing both professor at Obamas school .by buying the banks will lead to communist plan coming to pass.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  74. Terry Tanis

    If America looses its dominance God would have to rewrite the bible. It is not possible! Well, at least not for President Obama's sake but that the word of God might be fulfilled.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  75. Antwan Nealy

    Jack were doomed!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  76. Ryan

    Then the rich who have been exploiting us will go to the new superpower and maybe the citizens of the United States will truly be free.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  77. Tom

    Superpower status is collective ego, pure and simple.

    Americans spend too much time wondering if we are great, and spend way too little time making sure we are good.

    Tom in Sacramento, CA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  78. Chris

    It means we can finally stop worrying about the speck in our neighbors eye and finally worry about the redwood sized log in our own!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  79. Melanie in Arkansas

    Well Jack, maybe it will mean we can stop trying to run everyone else's business and attend to our own mess!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  80. Jon from Tempe

    For me the question is not so much as to if America is no longer a superpower. The question is who will become the world's major superpower if we are no longer. At this time it appears that China would take that role and that is a scary thought. Look at the human rights record that China has. God help us!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  81. Dane

    This would have an adverse effect on our dollar and eventually our ability to secure mineral futures such as oil.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  82. Christine Beatty

    We will start to have a country where we can treat our sick, teach our kids, pave our roads and prosper as a whole. However, as the 2005 documentary "Why We Fight" points out, our economy is largely based on defense spending. It will require a sea change of how we do business and the military-industrial-congressional complex will fight tooth and nail against it.

    Christine B,
    California

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  83. Fernando

    It means that the US would need to work together with the international community to solve problems. It means more power to the United Nations.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  84. Max

    I think the U.S. will always be a big player in the international field, because we will always be the U.S. and stand for the same rights. However, we might just have to focus more on our problems and not those of others. Other countries will outgrow us and do things their ways.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  85. Max

    I think the U.S. will always be a big player in the international field, because we will always be the U.S. and stand for the same rights. However, we might just have to focus more on our problems and not those of others. Other countries will outgrow us and do things their ways.
    Olympia, WA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  86. Karen, Beaverton, Oregon

    The recession is a global issue. It's not likely that the US will lose its status as a superpower as long as we maintain our nuclear and armed service capabilities and keep giving monies to othercountries.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  87. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    It may mean that we lose our phony superior attitude and change from "Ugly Americans" to citizens of the world. Something which has been long overdue.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  88. Benji

    Jack,

    Losing the superpower status, would mean that we would no longer be able to interfere in other countries affairs *couch* Iraq *cough* and still get away with it.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  89. PonziScheme

    Jack,

    The U.S. would make a great former empire. Much like Italy and Britain, fallen superpowers can just relax for 5 seconds instead of having to be first at everything. Is that possible? Can we just BE for a while?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  90. P Smith

    Losing our superpower status will free us from the onus of having to subsidize the bloody apartheid policies of Israel and allow nature to take its course in the Middle East. Thus, after some harsh scuffling and massive tremors in the status quo, that region can achieve some peace without our dollars being used to sustain the current chaos.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  91. Mort

    I think the American government should start looking after its own people rather than worrying about the rest of the world. Where do you the draw the line between security and the livelihood of your own citizens? I personally feel that if America loses its superpower status there will be fewer nations who hate the US and will eventually lead to less violence and 9/11 type attacks in the US in the years to come.
    Let the other countries worry about themselves and start looking after #1. Winnipeg, Canada

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  92. Bernadette Loesch

    dear Jack, the ONLY reason the US has 'super power' status is because of the arsenal of weapons we have, not because of any diplomatic hand reaching to other countries. The US has been feared by many countries hopefully until now. Pres. Obama is using the kind of diplomacy that Kennedy and Carter used, he truly is a breath of fresh air. I would rather kill other countries with kindness and understanding rather than guns and nuclear warheads.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  93. Chris Bergeron

    It's not going to happen. Our economy may be contracting, but like any organic system it will return to growth. If anything, China and India will probably join us in heralding the 'superpower' title.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  94. Kevin Vogan, Oil City, PA

    Jack,

    Don't ask that question because it simply will never happen. That is what we have to believe. We have to realize that no matter how bad our economy becomes we still have our ideals that are written into our founding documents. Those ideals are something that were groundbreaking at the time and ones that have never been matched. They are enough to keep these people united however bad things get. We simply can't fail Jack, look at the glass half full!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  95. Recco Bell

    It would mean we would no longer have controle of our country ofcorse, just as we assme we should provide parental guidence to korea whyle they are launchin missiles, the act of parenting will be turned right around on us by the new superpower country.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  96. Ken in NC

    Well Jack, we are not a shrinking Superpower. We have already shrunk. As a Superpower, we paid our troops and manufactured the equipment for them to use to be our protection around the world. As a shrunken Superpower we borrow from China and others to pay our troops and to buy inferior foreign made equipment for them use.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  97. Mark F

    Jack, get a grip. We're not going to lose our superpower status. What we're going to do is strip down, and dump a bunch of worthless Cold War junk that's well past its freshness date and isn't doing us any good anyway. We'll be fine. We're still a superpower, Jack. Obama's not selling the farm.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  98. Alex

    It won't mean didily-squat! Many nations live under the status of a "non-superpower" country. They survive with a sustaining economy and loyal citizens to this day. If the U.S. loses it's popularity, nothing will change. Our economy will remain in this condition, our leaders will still argue over the same old topics of debate, and the people will still remain faithful.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  99. Allan Cole

    Jack – All but a very, very small percentage of the people in places like China and India are dirt poor – liberally. It will be many generations before they can reach any kind of superpower status. Allan Cole, Boca Raton...

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  100. Tucker White

    If the United States loses its superpower status (which will never happen). It will be the end of the world. Cause without us, the world will plunge into chaos. Country's destroying each other until someone accidentily hits the Nuclear Missile Launch Button and the last thing we'll say is, "I'm coming Elizabeth."

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  101. paul from Atlanta

    Jack,

    America will always be a "superpower" UNLESS all the other countries economy does well, everyone has nukes, and every country ignore America.

    Not going to happen while US makes over 25% of all consumer goods in the entire world with less than 4% World population.

    President Obama is making sure we stay as a superpower by diplomacy, strength, INTELLIGENCE, and great decision making..in that order.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  102. Cyrus Kermani

    Persian Empire, Ceasars Empire, Hitlers Empire, Alexanders Empire, The Soviet Union etc.. All whent down the drain, and the US superpower position has started to fall long ago, since the day Americans voted for G.W. Bush...

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  103. bob graham

    Jack, It would definitely mean we wouldn't need a thousand bases around the world and we would save a bundle which we could sure use in other places, like the national debt?

    Bob Graham
    Hihghlands Ranch, Colorado
    703-553-7257

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  104. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The U.S. will never lose it's superpower status because we will never be in the business of selling our secrets which is the maintenance of what it takes to be a superpower.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  105. Random Number, Apex, NC

    We spend more on our military than all of the other countries of the world COMBINED. Clearly, that is excessive. If we stopped spending so much, we might have to learn how to coorperate. We might try to beef up the UN. We might figure out how to compromise. Sounds realistic and productive to me.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  106. Ken in NC

    Jack, I think we are already a third world country in the eyes of others around the world. They loan us money so we can buy our needs from them and we give much of what they loan us to others. They do not listen to us because we can’t even practice what we preach and like a child, we can’t even balance our own check book.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  107. Jason Kelly

    I hope you don't think the US will go down with out a fight. We are heading towards finding some excuse to unite our country against a common enemy and collapse into full blown fascism. Buckle your seat belts. Either way, It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  108. Tim Vasquez

    It will mean that China will become our 51st State......

    Timmy V
    Perris Calif

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  109. Judy Self

    Lose our superpower status? To who? I don't see any other country who is poised to pass us on all the fronts necessary to claim superpower status for themselves. Do you?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  110. Francis

    Jack......NOTHING! Large scale war has been replaced with trade. The global supply chain now serves as the keeper of peace and tranquility- NOT the US military. It is about time we realize this and cease spending billions of dollars per annum preparing for large scale wars that will never happen. In fact, the loss of superpower status may help us refocus on what is really important for our society to grow in the 21st Century and beyond- health care and education!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  111. sam

    jack
    america still super power and will never end.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  112. Kathryn

    The U.S has more weapons than any other country on the planet and spends MANY times more than any other nation on earth. In a military way the U.S. would no doubt remain the superpower. However, the best way to measure the the power of a nation should also include how it treats its own citizens, respects its own laws and international laws, and is genuine in its concern for all other people sharing this planet, treating them as equals and respecting differences instead of trying to impose itself and its way of life on others.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  113. walt Utah

    World Super Power!!!????

    We can't even keep Illegal aliens from streaming across our borders...

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  114. Steven

    We will allways be a superpower Freedom thats why

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  115. Mark - Rochester, NY

    Perhaps we'll gain some humility.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  116. Wesley M. Campbell

    Loss of "Superpower status" would mean that we could build this country into what it ought to be in this new millennium and perhaps we could afford to then pay veterans and Social Security recipients a higher standard of living!

    Wes Campbell
    Rockford, IL

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  117. Wayne Hinton

    Jack:
    I hope this leads to the end of the concept that no country should be a superpower. The most dangerous idea still prevalent in the world today is nationalism. If anything comes out of this financial disaster, it should be the knowledge that we are all connected on the planet and that the solution to all our success involves everyone on the planet.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  118. Jolene Z

    Maybe it will mean Americans will stop being so arrogent.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  119. China Higginbotham

    It will not be the end of the world if America loses superpower status. Throughout history, different countries have dominated the world stage and America has been in the spotlight way too long. America needs to bow out graciously before she embarrasses herself further.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  120. Al Granizo

    As long as we kept our military strong, that would be the best thing to happen to us. Let some other country go broke sending money to everyone else. We'll stop sending billions to other countries to buy their loyalty. Think of how much we would be gaining! We wouldn't have the illegals climbing over our borders but instead floating over to places like Colombia and Cuba or hitching rides to Russia or China because they would be considered the rich guys.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  121. robert e billings

    We will all be safer.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  122. Doris/St. Louis

    It means that we will continue to act as humanitarian citizens of the world, and not as bullies,i,e: The Bush years.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  123. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    In about 2 years, One day we will wake up and all the CEO's and politicians, and crooks will be gone, And Pres. Obama be blamed for the U.S.A. to go under.They will be overseas with all the rest of the people that hates AMERICA, A lot of us will starve.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  124. Joseph Elleissy

    It would mean that the US will no longer be able to fight terrorism over seas and other countries that support terrorism will rise.However we need to stop spending money on things that we can not afford because it will eventually catch up with us just like it caught up with former super powers....

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  125. Larry

    If we lose our superpower status I feel we have put the fox in the hen house by sending to the white house the wrong man. Not that I agree with McCains thoughts.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  126. Gibson

    The U.S is threatened by emerging economic, military/security problems. America's "supera" power status is not going to be diminish anytime soon. There is the one thing that holds US up, it is her passion to rescue people held in slavery by their own governments, the willingness to offer solace to those in deep trouble. Although Americans do not see how strong this country is, the reality is America's power is upheld by divine powers.

    Gibson
    Fargo, ND

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  127. James Conte

    America losing it's status as the worlds only "Superpower" may be a blessing in disguise for two reasons. The first being that maybe every third world country might look elsewhere for a handout. The second; maybe it would force Bin Laden and every other radical muslim extremist to take the bullseye off our backs and focus on someone else. In both cases, we could then use the defense and handout money that relies on Americas taxpayers and actually use it for Americans!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  128. Mike Ryan

    We're not the super power anymore and there is no concern of loosing it. We're flat broke, our defense forces are tired and thanks to Bush no other country (except UK) listens to us. We became the super bully of the world instead of the super power.

    Mike
    Atlanta, GA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  129. catherine

    I am not so sure the Atlantic magazine is altogether correct! Who we place into power plays a bigger roll than a depression or a recession in whether or not we remain a superpower. And we are going DOWN fast..

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Bhaskar

    A Sense of Balance in the world.
    Intuitively, Instinctively, Humanly we all hate “Bullies”
    Unfortunately that’s the on the ground impression across the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  131. Mike in Colorado

    Just like Rome we are stetched to far and to thin, I welcome the time when we are forced to live within our mean and stop our nation building. There was a time when the world looked upon the US as a beacon for freedom and liberty, now we have strayed from the constitution and do not heed the warnings of the founders, this has led us to be the most hated nation on the planet.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  132. John, Fort Collins, CO

    As long as it doesn't result in an escalated arms race, I don't see any real problem with having multiple "superpowers". There is no reason the U.S. has to be in charge of policing the world. In fact, it might work out a lot better if there are several countries with an international presence and sufficient military capability to help muscle the terrorists.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  133. josh

    begining the end of our outward thinking would be the best thing that could happen to our nation. We need to show more interest in our failing capitalist system that is bloated and decaying. Our role as a superpower blinds people, because we tend to look at starving homeless children in foreign countries and ask why when there are americans in equally dire straits right under our noses. we need to lose the binocular vision of the rest of the world and start paying attention to our own!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  134. don gray

    It would mean that we would be forced to actually work with the world instead of dictating to it . Basically Jack we would forfeit the my way or the highway mentality.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  135. Paul

    It means that the United States will have to learn to get along with everyone in this world and not just those whom it chooses.

    Paul
    Ontario

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  136. Lorenzo

    Jack, the largest hit to America losing its Superpower status is that of its EGO! America must deal with its problem internally rather than spending billions abroad. America must realize that a Superpower is not one of a dominating military rather one that its citizens have a future. American citizens do not have a future as they have planned due to the Government constantly failing its people. America must CHANGE!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  137. Darko Vukovic

    America is on the same path that most European Countries have taken. Small country to super power to a retreated country with say and influence in wold politics but does not have the bully attitude. This would improve our world relations as well, and reduce the hatred that people have toward us. And maybe even deflate our egos.

    Darko Vukovic
    Los Angeles, CA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  138. Michael Phelan

    Jack,
    It seems very strange that the largest buyer of our treasury bills and our largest supplier of imported goods, Communist China seems to be flexing it's military muscle with a naval excercise that appears to our naval forces on alert, and yet we embrace their
    trade and political policies, when are we going to wake up and realize that they are still an enemy of the United States and God help us if they stop buying treasury bills , looks alot like 1939 Europe to me,
    appeasement !!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  139. BJ 89

    Quick answer, it would mean the end of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  140. Romina

    It would mean that the Bush administration succeeded in ruining Americas status as a diplomatic nation, and that their ignorance of international affairs and diplomacy, has equated our nation with those that have erratic and impulsive leaders.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  141. Dick Jones, NYC, NewsHacker.net

    Jack,

    The loss of our superpower status would be a blessing. Being a SuperPower is hubris, plain and simple. We can't afford a post Cold War mentality and super weapons.

    We need to pursue nuclear non proliferation and adopt a foreign policy of "coopetiton" as they do in the computer industry. You cooperate with your competitors when it's in your interest to cooperate, like the adoption of technical standards, and compete with them when we think we have an advantage to be gained and it's in our interest to compete. That's the world of the future and we won't have to be the world's police force.

    Bring it on.

    /Dick Jones
    newshacker@pia.net

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  142. Wayne Hinton

    Edit of previous)
    Jack:
    I hope this leads to the end of the concept that any country should be a superpower. The most dangerous idea still prevalent in the world today is nationalism. If anything comes out of this financial disaster, it should be the knowledge that we are all connected on the planet and that the solution to all our success involves everyone on the planet.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  143. N. Manetavat

    Super Power?? Couldn't get Bin Ladin. Should have used those money to help Americans.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  144. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    What do you mean, "What if"?
    Hate to burst a bubble here, but to most of the rest of the world the USA is just another country on the global map. You folks just yell really loud. No offense. And it's fine with us really, 'we' just ignore it like you would ignore, you know, a petulant child with a bad case of temper tantrum.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  145. george german

    jack it will mean that the time has come for the rest of the world to be jelous,bitter and angry at some other country.
    our global policeing role might come to an end as well. thus forcing other countrys thats sat around before while the world was crumbling and did nothing to step up to the plate and bare some respocebility.

    if we do lose our superpower status it will be in part because we bit of more than we could chew..............caved to our own greed and glutney along with using democracy to shore up fossil fuel addiction in part's of the world that want nothing to do with it.
    there i feel better now.............
    george
    chester,ct.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  146. Brian

    It means that anyone who ever wanted to take a piece of us will get their chance to do it. It's too bad we wasted most of our "Superpower" years making sure the rest of the world would hate us.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  147. Scott

    What if this is a good thing?

    We've heard for years from the previous administration that the people who hate us in the Middle East hate us for our freedom and all of our other rights.

    How about they hate us for asserting our power on them? How about us interfering in the Holy Land? Don't you think that's more likely to cause their hatred? Maybe if the US lost some of its superpower status it would stop kicking the bees nest of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  148. Allan

    What does it matter who the super power is these days? If the united states got into a major war with one of the contending super powers in the world like either china or russia, there wouldn't be a winner in the end anyways.

    Allan, Ontario, Canada

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  149. Alex

    Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La. I completely and fully disagree with you. Where does your comment back up the insinuation that "a lot of us will starve?" The crooks, politicians, and CEO's will be gone? Hmmmm...... I believe that even in non-superpower nations there are CEO's, politicians and crooks.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  150. frankie

    My Mom says, the fact that we were able to elect President Obama makes us the best in the world again. She was naturalized as an American citizen over 60 years ago, she knows what she's talking about.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  151. Jewel

    Jack, maybe if the US shares its superpower status with other nations, it will take some of the focus off the US as the country to hate.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  152. Christine, Thousand Oaks Ca

    We lost that status when George W Bush and Dick Cheney came into power and thumbed their noses at the Constitution.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  153. Bert

    Come on Jack, The US will be replace by another bully. Maybe now we can charge their leaders for war crimes

    March 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  154. gabe

    No empire lasts forever.
    Any fast rise to power ends with a quick decline.
    My mother always said too much fire turns to ash.
    The USA needs to slow down and take care of business at home including its finances.
    Stop borrowing. Avoid get rich quick policy. Start paying down debt. And make sure the American family is ok.
    Only then are you a superpower. It ought to practice what it preaches.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  155. Frank Macke

    A multipolar world coupled with the current global depression means we are back in the 1930s. I suppose we can look forward to a world war in the next decade.

    Frank Macke
    Philadelphia, PA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  156. joe

    jack, we lost our "superpower" once when we were making washing machines remember? Now we seem to be prime and set once the auto factories close and cannot be re-tooled for war time production. All of this is happening and noone is even noticing that.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  157. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    It means we can cut the arrogance and start talking to our peers instead of trying to dictate to them. I don't mind not being a superpower. I'd rather be part of a team in this global economy.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  158. Luke

    Jack,

    Americans have been willing to write checks because of realistic threats. During World War Two, the Japenese Air Force attacked us. Not a group of terrorists, but the official air force of a nation. We knew that Hitler and the Japanese government was evil, and that they could harm us, as the attack on Pearl Harbor showed. We were willing to support the war effort because there was a true enemy. It was the same idea with the Cold War. There were missiles in Cuba, and we were nervous, so we wrote checks to help defend our country. But when we fight battles in far away places, such as Iraq or Vietnam, where its an enemy that is small, and not strong enough to destroy our country, we don't feel like giving money. The terrorist threat level had been on "high" for years and we haven't heard from Osama recently either.

    Besides, focusing on our homeland is a great thing. The infastructure is crumbling, and it is time the federal government and public at large take notice.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  159. Anita, Wimberley, Texas

    Jack, what it means if America loses its Superpower status, is that it means absolutely not very much. We need to pull out of all Middle eastern countries for sure, and let these countries run themselves. We are not going to change countries that rule by their religion, culture, and faith and turn them into Democracies!

    We need to pursue a Dialogue with all countries! Things will get better!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  160. Samuel - Denver

    All superpowers do overextend themselves. The Soviet Union did. And we have as well. We won't collapse like the Soviets did, but we will see a shrinking role in the world. We won't be the lone major power anymore. We will have to look at a world where the United States will have less of a pull in international relations. Other nations are coming into their own, and we will have to come to terms that rising superpowers like China and India will one day overtake us.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  161. Lisette Root

    Perhaps the world could become a safer place . I feel that this is the time of " the great equalization". We are not a superior country, we are simply a very influential one.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  162. Bill

    It's coming because we can no longer afford It and we had better get much more serious about an energy policy that makes us self sufficient and also making Homeland Security as equally important as our Armed Forces. We also need to be able to manufacture whatever we need in order to take on any crisis. We can still be safe and prosperous but only if we do the right things.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  163. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    If we were truly a superpower, we wouldn't have people living in tent cities and 45 million uninsured. We are only a super power in the military sense. We lag behind in education, healthcare, and many other areas. What good does it do to keep trying to fix the world and in the process let ourselves turn into a third world country? We have enough nukes to protect ourselves forever, so it would be great to start rebuilding America.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  164. Rob Locascio

    Does having a terrorist attack in the US mean that we bomb, then rebuild, feed, attempt to establish democracy, train it's military and promote teaching of other religions in the country supporting terrorist activity?
    Moving away from the maintaining the "Empire" approach does not mean the loss of superpower status. We should adopt a more defensive approach to foreign policy.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  165. Brian in Tonawanda

    Jack,
    THrough out time there has been many SUper Powers(Rome,Britian,Greece)and now the United States. If we study History all theses empires Through time lost their Dominance in the world. We are at that same point now in the UNited States. I dont see this as a Bad thing though, I Believe we need to focus more on the US and improve what we have here and leave everyone else alone.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  166. Ralph Spyer

    I have been to Rome , traveled in France and drank in London all former supper powers,The people living in these three former supper powers all have health care,all have a lower infant mortality rate,less people incarcerated percentage of population,they all seam to be a happy lot.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  167. Tursas

    We lost our Superpower status the moment we entered Iraq under W with a fistful of troops. For all this our leaders obeyed foreign planners.

    Is that a real sign of a Superpower that one obeys the foreign Leaders?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  168. David

    Losing our superpower status means that I could someday read about a world crisis without it being our crisis!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  169. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    It will mean the end of our nation. Because of our strategies for dealing with the economic crisis, China is buying up this country and could very well own us sometime in hte future. So the combination of the economic crisis and the cost to our military as a result of the wars will make us a much easier target for moderate military powers. So in the end, we will cease to be a Superpower as the United States either through China's economic conquering of us adn their added military strength that come sfrom combining our tech with their size or we will cease being a Superpower through multiple moderate powers combining to conquer us; either way it is our end.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  170. roberthelder

    SUPERPOWER DEMISE.
    Iran, North Korea, Russia, ETC, ETC, ETC, will walk all over us and what will we do? Besides China will be the next Superpower and when they get hungry enough they will just invade us and make us grow food for them. Food and water are the next most important items to countries of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  171. Anthony...NJ

    Jack, it's not going to happen. As we go so goes the world. Our economy slows down, others come to a halt. No other country has our diversity which provides an overwhelming advantage. Homogenous populations don't provide diverse solutions.
    This is a speed-bump for us and a calamity for most of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  172. Edward @ Atlanta

    The past administration put dreams ahead of reality, and now the American Dream may die. We've seen our defense spending explode in the wake of 9/11, and American society was not encouraged to sacrifice. We wanted our houses, even if we couldn't earn them. But encouragement has turned into forced sacrifice. While our standard of living with undoubtedly decline, our choice of Obama will galvanize the world. We may not have many means, but we will continue our clout on the world stage.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  173. Mike Ryan

    We're not the super power anymore and there is no concern of loosing it. We're flat broke, our defense forces are tired and thanks to Bush no other country (except UK) listens to us. We became the super bully of the world instead of the super power.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  174. Miriam Sagaser

    Military superpower status for America does not provide for its own people. If all the men stationed around the world to show our strength were withdrawn, our economic woes would be reduced. If we reduced the funding of our "military industrial power" (Eisenhower),then imagine this money going to schools, health care, transportation, and the homeless.
    Our drug war has spreads throughout the world and eats up more money. It would, however, be rather difficult to eliminate all those rice bowls.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  175. Charles Brown, Ph.D.

    The United States is now on the way to losing its superpower status. Our population is growing faster than available resources (energy, food and housing) due to lack of adequate border protection and invasion of people from nations around the world. We are now overpopulated, meaning that the density of peope will not be supported by the environment without deteriorating (the carrying capacity is exceeded). At the rate we are growing in numbers we will more sooner than later catch up with the third world countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia with respect to economic strength and military power.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  176. Ron Glenn

    Maybe we might learn to mind our own business and use our energies to help the home front. We think we should let companies fail that creates their own demise, maybe we should do the same with countries that do the same. Keep our monies at home. Let's see who would better follow that cause, liberals or conservatives?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  177. Max Williquette

    The U.S. will never loose it's military Super Power status (economic power is another issue all together). We will always be the most powerful military power on the planet. However, if we don't do something about our military spending our downfall will be caused elsewhere. Military spending is one of the largest parts of our budget, and one of the largest reasons that our debt is out of control. This is as a result of the military industrial complex that Ike warned us of many years ago. For example did you know that part of the Abrams M1 tank is manufactured in each of the 50 states....wouldn't the cost of manufacturing this machine (and most other military equipment) be cut almost in half if it were made and assembled in one factory on one assembly line? Many people namely congressmen are concerned that this would close factories and loose American jobs, but in an era of economic bailout wouldn't we do ourselves a favor by saving billions in our budget, and couldn't this money be put towards building more progressive American jobs? Does anyone else wonder why we spend billions more on our military than any other country and still have troubles defeating Iraqi rebels? There has to be a way to do things more effectively.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Chris S from California

    I think in some ways we've lost that title, look how much we've been borrowing over the past several years. The day we competely stop being a superpower is the day all the nations we owe money to start collecting on our debts.

    On a side note: On thing about America that I find "super" (in a non-flatering way) is the amount of "consumer products" we've been conditioned to buy over the past several years.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  179. James JB

    Hey Jack, it means that we'll soon see soldiers from other countries on U.S soils

    March 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  180. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    In order to become a superpower we are the only Nation to use nuclear weapons in war, to have authorized the CIA to assassinate leaders of opposing nations, to support some of the worlds’s cruelest dictators (Saddam Hussein included), to establish departments of our government that even most Congressmen and Senators are not allowed to know about, to investigate any citizen who disagrees with administration policy, and to limit our own civil rights in the name of National Defense.

    If the US were to lose superpower stasis, what else might we do to re-gain it?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  181. Dianne

    Hi Jack, in my humble opinion, the words super and power do not always need to be attached to one another for effect. The US is super for many reasons including the fact that it is a democracy and tries hard to treat folks fairly/equally. However, 'power' is a different kind of word all-together. Power is a word which can be used to describe bullies, and unfortunatly it seems that, as a country we've done plenty to make other people in other countries believe that WE believe ourselves to be 'powerful' by means of military might and the money to back it. My hope is that this new administration does not fall into the 'power' trap but decides to put our 'super' side forward. Jack, bullies just don't win in the long run. Lets show that to the world and once again be the example of 'superness' that we can and should always be. Thanks, DB.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  182. Sam Ghaffar

    What does it mean? It means that America will now have to follow international law, instead of having disdain for it, which, unfortunately to some, and fortunately to others, means we won't be supporting anymore of these corrupt dictatorships around that world.

    Which could actually save money!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  183. Jack McKechnie

    Jack except for (Great Britain and Canada ) I could care less. We could withdraw our troops and close down those costly bases. Let the wonderful powers that govern the UN do their job with out America paying for it. Most of those countries we help and protect vote against us and rarely support us either morally or with funding. Even countries like Israel which we have supported almost with out question tends to only act for themselves. It's time for us to go home!
    Jack from Kentucky

    March 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  184. Ron - Nashua, NH

    Jack,

    The problem is with the premise. As our recent history has shown being a super power is not just about having the biggest defense budget. It is about having the respect of the rest of the world. By that measure our super power status has been in sharp decline for at least the last 8 years.

    Our super power status and indeed our way of life will depend largely on how we emerge from the current economic crisis. A re-distribution of power is underway and we need to prepare for it. Continued wasteful defense spending will not result in greater respect around the world. Fixing our broken healthcare system, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and addressing global warming issues will do more to demonstrate our super power status than anything we could do militarily.

    Ron – Nashua, NH

    March 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  185. Jerry Harris

    We can just add another reason that Bush, Chaney and their band of thieves and liars should be jailed.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  186. Ruth -Az

    It would help us to eat our humble pie.
    We need to step back and take care of our home and try to mend our broken relationships with the people in other countries.
    But for the grace of god, (and all other believes), there go I.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  187. Dee ---------- Bahamas

    Since empire is fundamentally incompatible with [true] democracy, I trust it would mean that Homo sapiens , for the first time since its appearance here on planet earth, finally has an opportunity, via an effective international community, to have a fruitful GLOBAL experience of democracy --- a system chosen from within various geo-political entities NOT attempted imposition by guns from without. This, of course, assumes that what results is a truly multipolar, non-dysfunctional world.

    Shoot --– for a moment there I thought I was not dreaming.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  188. Zach - Tuscaloosa, AL

    Not being a superpower will be a good thing. The American ego has become something of a monster. We need to realize we are not number one anymore.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  189. Weldon from Canada

    What superpower status?? Maybe if they lost their so-called superpower status, countries would start to get along. They wouldn't have another country trying to do things their way. The bully of the pack is not necessarily right in all their decisions.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  190. Bill from MN

    What is a superpower? Is it a larger force that first attempts to control by negotiation then by force. To the RIGHT we aim to control by force if needed and bully others into thinking our way. To the LEFT we say we are open minded as long as you think the way we think. Maybe it will be a good thing not to meddle. Look at South Africa. We demanded they do as we wished. Used great restrictions. End of Apartheid as we labelled it. Then when the whites were massacred we turned our backs, when violent crime surged at a crippling rate we still pretend it doesn't exist. Great works of a superpower? We tell the wacky religous driven Iranians they cannot have nuclear weapons, only a select few may do so? I agree with this inconsistency though how can we not at least see the hypocracy. Essentially, how can a country with such a dirty house tell another how to live? We look down at the Mexicans murder rate though we have 18,000 murders a year. More Americans killed every 6 months at Americans hands than soldiers have been killed in the entire Iraq conflict. This is where we have already lost our credibility!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  191. Brandon from Olympia, WA

    The question isn't so much WHAT will happen, as it is WHEN will it happen? Americans have been walking toward the cliff for years with blinders on. So many of us can't see that this country has already walked off the cliff. Just like in the cartoons, when we collectively see that we're just hanging in the air, that's when we'll fall and it will be too late.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  192. Ron Powell, New Haven, CT

    China, North Korea, Pkistan, Iran and other rogue nations will attempt to form an alliance with the intent to start WWIII. This will occur due more to our weakened economic state than a weakened military posture, although the two are linked. That's why a stong US economy is of vital importance to US national security and Global geopolitical stability.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  193. Scott in Canada

    $500 Billion in Debt payments alone. The price for Superpower status has existed for a long time, but the last few Republican Presidents were unwilling to either forgo that position or ensure that funding was sufficient to compensate. Eventually, America may be forced to choose between an insane amount of debt or a lack of superpower status. Superpowers build themselves up on having money to lend – just look at China. That's how America became a Superpower in the early part of the 20th Century.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  194. Carrie Stewart

    I think all this fuss about "superism" is sickening. Better for America to concentrate on becoming a "Healthy Power" and move forcefully ahead to meet this nation's many needs. Simply let America's deeds and actions speak for it. Besides, how many times have so-called super powers been accused of ugly deeds---sounds like super isn't so perfect.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  195. Ron Powell, New Haven, CT

    China, North Korea, Pakistan, Iran and other rogue nations will attempt to form an alliance with the intent to start WWIII. This will occur due more to our weakened economic state than a weakened military posture, although the two are linked. That’s why a stong US economy is of vital importance to US national security and Global geopolitical stability.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  196. Ahmadou Diatta

    Nowadays, political scientists argue that we're living in a unipolar system. If the United states ever loses superpower status, the world would be moving from a unipolar system which we are facing today to either a loose bipolar system between China and the United States, or a multipoar system between the US, the European Union, China and Newly developed countries.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  197. Jacqueline Mongeot

    Define "superpower". Superiority in military, defense, economics, work ethics., human rights, scientific and medical research, education, modern infrastructure? Utopia? The only PERFECT part of the world?
    The country who earns the respect and the envy of the rest of all nations might qualify. If United States enjoyed the reputation of superpower it was during a short period following WWII when the rest of the planet had greatly suffered during these terrible years, That reputation abroad lasted about a quarter of a century or so until Asia and Europe became forces not to be ignored. So, what is a "Superpower", ???
    Jacqueline, San Diego, CA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  198. Anita, Wimberley, Texas

    Jack, I don't think it will end, as it isn't a "honeymoon". Give the President a chance. Too many people including media news in this country as well as Republicans simply want to see him fail.
    He has done more so far, than any previous President HAS in so few days since he took over.

    Anita
    Wimberley,Tx

    March 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  199. Gayle, Illinois

    Jack, what do you mean..."IF"..... heck, the USA has already lost its status as the super power

    March 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  200. Larry Lunsford

    I think it might be a good thing. Maybe then we'll stop trying to take care of the rest of the world while our own country goes down the tubes. Hopefully we can then provide some of the things to our own people that we keep trying to provide to the rest of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  201. Mark

    Jack –

    The loss of superpower status may very well be one of the best things that could happen to the United States and the world as a whole. We have been spending money on the military for the past 70 years like a drunken sailor, and what has it gotten us? Sure, we helped win WWII, but since then – Korea, Vietnam and Iraq wasted enormous amounts of our treasure, our tears, and the blood of our soldiers. As for Afghanistan, why haven't the mediaocracy and pundits ever mentioned the fact that Afghanistan has never been subdued by a foreign military, from Alexander the great to the Persians, the Indians, the British and the Russia. Why do we fail the lessons of history, over and over again?

    And one other thing – why do we need a dozen Nimitz class aircraft carriers when Russia has one, Brazil has two, India has one afloat plus two nuclear carriers under construction, and China is only now getting started on a 2 conventional, 2 nuclear carrier fleet that won't be finished until 2020 at the absolute earliest. Bush's cowboy "diplomacy" alienated and angered all the world powers except for the Brits, and fueled the fire of what has turned into an insane, needless arms race. In light of this, I can't blame China, Russia and India for modernizing and beefing up their military power.

    If the US loses it's superpower status, it just means that we'll have to work a little harder at getting along with the rest of the world.

    Mark
    Granite Falls, WA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  202. Fred

    The United States status as a superpower ended with the Belin wall.
    Our status as a debtor nation does not qualify us as anything other
    than a third world country for decades, if not centuries. Our main
    concern is not as world leader, rather than keeping the United States
    united. (Note: the former U.S.S.R.) Diplomatic dilolog rather than pre-
    emptive war is a priority now and the future. Xenophobic attitudes are
    and will be the easy political solution, which will result with the same
    failed policies. I will always remain deeply sorrowful for the families and friends of 911, it was, however a criminal act and not an act of
    war that led us to record borrowing for the invasions of Central Asian
    countries for possesion of oil and regional hedgonemy.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  203. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    I never thought that would be possible to lose superpower status. With our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama in office, I believe it actually may happen. He will make this country as weak as Jimmy Carter did in 1977-1981.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  204. Max Williquette from Chicago

    The U.S. will never loose it’s military Super Power status (economic power is another issue all together). We will always be the most powerful military power on the planet. However, if we don’t do something about our military spending our downfall will be caused elsewhere. Military spending is one of the largest parts of our budget, and one of the largest reasons that our debt is out of control. This is as a result of the military industrial complex that Ike warned us of many years ago. For example did you know that part of the Abrams M1 tank is manufactured in each of the 50 states….wouldn’t the cost of manufacturing this machine (and most other military equipment) be cut almost in half if it were made and assembled in one factory on one assembly line? Many people namely congressmen are concerned that this would close factories and loose American jobs, but in an era of economic bailout wouldn’t we do ourselves a favor by saving billions in our budget, and couldn’t this money be put towards building more progressive American jobs? Does anyone else wonder why we spend billions more on our military than any other country and still have troubles defeating Iraqi rebels? There has to be a way to do things more effectively.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  205. pat from michigan

    jack did you ever see the start of the series" Centenial"? watch it if you have a mind to and tell me if the dialogue about the american indian and the present day american people doesnt have a familiar ,even chilling context to it. "Apeople who had reached the zenith of theirlives and didn't even realize it yet"

    March 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  206. Miguel

    Hello Mr. Cafferty, Americans unfortunately need to realize that they have already lost superpower status. When we to the north (Canada) discuss you fine Yanks we all agree that the communist countries no longer fear your wrath.
    1) They know you can't afford it and ironically they have alliances with China who can throw in the chips and end any war effort before it starts.
    2) With Obama in power the Republicans will do whatever they can to delay any military action, military efficiency, and anything that is simply smart on the part of the military just to show him up so I guess you can remove political superpower as well. By the way Russia is laughing because you made the same mistakes as they did, just far worse.
    Last but not least you've lost your national identity, the infighting, finger pointing, lack of morals and the blinders worn by your elected leaders and citizens is killing your country faster than any war could. Its really, relly sad imagine China as the new Superpower.

    Miguel
    Ontario, Canada

    March 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  207. Jan de Ruiter

    I believe the United States of America has lost its superpower status long ago. Even though the USA may be the largest MILITARY power, a country where such vast numbers of people are homeless, living way below the poverty line, living in gigantic debts, or are in prison (1 in 31), and where nevertheless 51% of the population re-elected Bush, and a country that is also the largest and most ruthless polluter of our planet, this country obviously deserves our empathy, not our awe or admiration. But I also realize that, being European, it's easy for me to say. So I wish the American people the best of luck in recovering their country. And I want to add that I think Jack Cafferty is one of the bravest political comentators I have ever seen.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  208. Anthony...NJ

    I think the war in Afganistan will end his honeymoon with his base.
    It has all the signs of another intractible war. It borders Pakistan who are in bed with the Taliban and it's leaders are corrupt. As long as you have endless poppy fields, the terrorists have a constant source of funds. Obama must get out and closely monitor their activities. Apparently the population isn,t passionate enough to to fight their former tormentors.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  209. Dale Heskin

    it would mean we could all breathe a little easier knowing that we don't
    have to save the world all by ourselves.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  210. lillian

    I would like to know why some people call president obama,obama it makes me think they have no respect for him. No one never calledpresbush bush,is it because he is young, I don't think so lillian from VA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  211. S Nichols

    Being the "schoolyard bully" is the domain of those that are frightened, mean-spirited and stupid.

    46 years ago, several of my schoolmates and I got together and discussed a similar problem with a classmate. He laughed – briefly. We then kicked the sh#@ out of our resident example. We got tired of being afraid and got rid of the problem – the rest of us had been taught to "play nice", and to "encourage" bullys to hit the road.

    Being a "superpower" is a mixed blessing at best. Yes, we've been, among other things, a militarily dominant nation since the Second World War. Our military dominance has not brought us international respect – it has brought fear to our neighbors.

    The international respect that we have enjoyed was earned – by our incredible generosity – both governmentally and privately, our respect for the soverignty, cultures and opinions of other nations, and minding our own business.

    We've now adopted an altogether different stance and image – we use our military power to intimidate, invade and occupy at will. Yes, there are bad people in this world – really bad people – but travelling 12000 miles to fight each and every one does not enhance our national image on the world stage, nor does it have, as we are now experiencing, a positive effect on our economy or our self-respect.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  212. David in Raleigh, NC

    With Obama quickly slashing military spending, we'll soon be the former superpower that has to be protected from Mexico by China.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  213. Andrew

    When I was young, just as our nation is young,, I thought that being tough made me a man and made me powerful.. As I began to mature, as our nation is maturing,, I found that using my mind and having solid morals was what made me a man. If we begin to mature in this much more positive and peaceful manner,, our childrens children will have a chance. Downsize the military, upgrade the peace..

    March 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  214. Nick D, Toronto

    We have to get away from cold war thinking. The real threat to America today is not that the Chinese will invade and take everyone's homes and businesses away. The real threat is that they'll just foreclose.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  215. S Nichols

    Well said Andrew, and Nick, too.

    If many of us think that being respectable is a result of our ability to beat people up at the roadhouse on weekends, we will go the way of the Romans and the Nazi's,

    March 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  216. Joe G. (Illinois)

    What power? We only have a Fantasy Hero and that’s it? And then sure, a big smiling Hillary Clinton who uses harsh words against Israel. Hah.. Hah.. Hah.. "I can almost still hear her.." Is that the super power you were referring to?

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  217. John Ciocari

    Shedding the shackles of the Military Industrial Complex is exactly what our country needs. Maybe ,then, we'll be able to lead the country & world in a positive direction! Good riddence to the Cretans!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  218. Deborah

    hopefully it won't end anytime soon. he is a breath of fresh air. the oly way he sinks into quicksand if the ecomony doesn't take a real upsurge in about a year

    March 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  219. george german

    it will end when the general public turns do to the slowing economy
    and the percieved ineffectivness of the newly passed stimulus plan.
    people are restless jack and impatient. if he wants the honeymoon to continue he should tare up every bad motgage thus speeding up our recovery and keeping the happy times ah goin.
    it's been a while so i'l just say it...................ms. virgee is from another galaxy.
    george
    chester,ct.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  220. Bruce

    It would mean we are a third world country, exporting raw materials and importing finished goods. Oh. That is already happening! Or, it could mean we save money in shutting down the 120 military bases around the world, and therefore the cease being an arrogant Empire. Not a chance!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  221. Lee

    It will just mean we are going the way of every other empire throughout history. We are not immune. We are in the process of collapsing from within like most of the others. Going from a melting pot to a salad bowl.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  222. mary,florida

    The only status people care about is being employed and not starving.Labels are for idiots.Socialism,liberalism,conservatism.As long as you have free will,a job,affordable heath care you can call it mud,and I'll take it. If the government can take care of its people it will always be a superpower.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  223. Raymond Murray

    Jack: When I was in Viet Nam 40 years ago, none of us Grunts wanted to be there. We kept asking ourselves "what are we doin' here?" We hoped and prayed that America would run out of money ($30 Billion/year in '69) then we wouldn't get messed up in all these foreign wars. Then Pres. Johnson passes the War Sur Tax, remember that? I asked myself in Feb. 1969 "what am I doing here when I see photos back home of my parent's grocery store in Staten Island New York with National Guard troops guarding our Corner Market grocery store from the Newark Riots at that time.
    Let's face it Jack, the lucky ones are the vets who either came home alive or in a box. The wounded and their families are the ones that will pay for their service every day of their lives. We are joined at the hip with too many countries who shall remain nameless. We need to bring our soldiers home NOW! We are wasting our precious resources, our young people and our treasury. AMERICA FIRST.
    Ray Murray

    March 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  224. Joe the Mechanic-Pa.

    As I see it,the United States Military is fighting a war that can never be won. Being a Superpower to police the world isn't good for America. NOW WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN MAKING OUR POWER CREDABLE, & IRAQ/AFGANISTAN IS THE PLACE. Our entire Superpower status is in jeopardy. We may well maintain a Superpower status, yet lose a un-winable conflict against a formidable foe.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  225. Zowie, Mpls,Mn

    It will mean we can finally get off our high horse and focus on our country. The fact that we know or think we are a "superpower" detracts from our growth and reaching our full potential as a free country.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  226. Melvin Seyffert

    It is long overdue. However, this shouldn't be rushed into. The military responsibility to police the world should be left in the hand of the UN. Before this could be done its charter needs to be revised to get rid of the veto power by Russia, China, France, England and yes the United States. Once this is accomplished there needs to be a world military equipment garage sale to equip the UN force. It would also probably be a good idea to move the UN headquarter to a neutral country to remove the world sentiment that the UN is just an extention ot the American government. This of course would have to be done during a Democratic administration because there are too many hawks in the other party. The question is does any politician have the guts to do this sort of thing...maybe a lame duck President. Otherwise it is political suiside.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm |