Pining for a more aggressive, interventionist America, he deludes himself into thinking a small government conservative could run it
In the November issue of Commentary, Mark Steyn assesses America at this moment in time and offers "The Case for Pessimism," wherein he argues that the United States is likely to lose its status as the most powerful nation in the world, done in by the welfare state, profligate spending, and a president who doesn't understand geopolitics. "In 2008, the U.S. electorate... voted for normaliut [normality, as defined in the Israeli context]. Americans voted to repudiate the previous years, dominated by terror attacks and Code Orange alerts and anthrax scares, and thankless semicolonial soldiering in corners of the map no one cared about. They were under the sway of a desperate hope that wars can simply come to an end when one side decides it's all a bit of a bore," he writes. "But as Israel understands by now, sometimes who you are is more important than anything you do. And sometimes who you are is an offense to those indifferent to anything you might or might not do. America will discover, as Israel did, that a one-way urge for normaliut will lead to a more dangerous world."
Steyn goes on to predict that "America will discover, as Britain has in twilight, that, long after imperial grandeur has faded, imperial resentments linger. We will not be left alone to fade into second-rate status. We will be taunted and humiliated and haunted and chased on the way down." The result will be "something terrifying...This will be the greatest step backwards for the civilization that built the modern world and spread its blessings across the map. There will be no new world order... The only way to prevent it is to act, and act quickly."