Washington on the Rocks: An Empire of Autocrats, Aristocrats and Uniformed Thugs Begins to Totter
Alfred McCoy and Brett Reilly, TomDispatch: "In one of history's lucky accidents, the juxtaposition of two extraordinary events has stripped the architecture of American global power bare for all to see. Last November, WikiLeaks splashed snippets from US embassy cables, loaded with scurrilous comments about national leaders from Argentina to Zimbabwe, on the front pages of newspapers worldwide. Then just a few weeks later, the Middle East erupted in pro-democracy protests against the region's autocratic leaders, many of whom were close US allies whose foibles had been so conveniently detailed in those same diplomatic cables."
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