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National Insecurity by David Rothkopf

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6. The Most Powerful Man in the World

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts . . . perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

—JOHN STEINBECK

George W. Bush’s second inaugural address read like a manifesto for an interventionist America. It was as infused with the language of divine missions as any fatwa of America’s jihadist enemies: “America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ...

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