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You heard it there first

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 06, 2003

Today's Wall Street Journal carries an op-ed (available to subscribers only, for now) by Niall Ferguson, essentially arguing in favor of developing an American empire.

That's the first time I've seen that argument made seriously, in a responsible publication. I'd like to think that it will be the last.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 06, 2003 3:20 PM ET USA

    Clarification: Silly for Niall Ferguson to acknowledge its existence, by attempting to be for it, *not* silly for editors to acknowledge its existence.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 06, 2003 12:20 PM ET USA

    I would have thought that Victor Davis Hanson's voluminous writings had put to bed the Hegemony Inc argument for the US -- the US does not aspire to be, nor does it act like an Empire whether of the 19th century British variety or the much more efficient and ruthless Roman one. Whether one is for or against the US Empire argument, acknowledging its existence is just silly.