He’s not delusional, but he’s inhabiting a Russia of the past — a version of the past that he has created,” said Fiona Hill, the top intelligence officer on Russia during Mr. Bush’s presidency and co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.” “His present is defined by it and there is no coherent vision of the future. Where exactly does he go from here beyond reasserting and regaining influence over territories and people? Then what?”
Know thyself, oh America, know thyself.
Americans tend to want to think everyone else in the world either wants to be like Americans, or they should want to be like Americans. It rarely occurs to themn that they may be just as proud of their nation as we are of our own, just as capable of seeing the strenghts of their culture and ther failure of ours, just as we are of them. The foreign policy of the empire has been absolutely obtuse, fueled by domestic illusions, as Mz. Hill has so aptly put it, “there is no coherent vision of the future. Where exactly does he go from here beyond reasserting and regaining influence over territories and people? Then what?” America is bacoming a tourist trap, with welcoming faces on mainstreet and the surrounding attractions, while the reality of the town is where the average citizen lives and works, distainful of the tourists, and looking for evil everywhere but in the mirror, where it resides in equal, if not greater, measure.