How to exploit a limited world role
When will Britain concede that it is no longer a global hegemon? asked Jackie Ashley in the London Guardian.
Jackie AshleyThe Guardian
When will Britain concede that it is no longer a global hegemon? asked Jackie Ashley in the London Guardian. It has long been obvious to everyone that the U.K. is just one of several middling European powers. Yet there’s no chance that a prime minister could ever say, “C’mon, let’s admit it guys, we are a third-rate force these days.” Instead, foreign policy speeches are jammed with preposterously ambitious goals such as ending terrorism and reversing climate change. It’s time to “stop pretending that we have the money, the power, the reputation, or the soldiers to intervene decisively other than in exceptional cases. We obviously don’t.” That doesn’t mean that we have no role on the global stage, just that we should choose an area where we can excel—such as Pakistan. Pakistan’s generals were trained at our military academies; its judges were educated at Oxford. Thousands of British citizens have family in Pakistan. This, then, is one crisis that Britain could manage better than America. Taking the lead there could help this toppled empire “recover that lost sense of direction.”