The United States are not in for prompt changes, regardless of who becomes president. John McCain will remain adherent to Bush’s misgiving policy, insisting that Bush’s efforts were well-weighed but poorly carried out. Many Americans would be happy to learn that things like the war in Iraq were not an idiotic disregard of common sense, but a well considered plan that may still pay off. A great number of Americans are not ready to objurgate “Bushism” as an incompetent course of action incapable of guaranteeing welfare and prosperity.
McCain’s public rating stands for this. There is still enough kinetic energy to keep America drifting in the same course of action without any serious amendments to its policy. The question is, how long could a McCain led government keep its citizenry in its hypnotic beauty slumber by protracting the life of a declining economy and financing a growing unwieldy strain of contiguous expenses that contemporary US policy has formulated as a worthy investment.
Barack Obama is neither the fortuity that will bring unmediated relief to America’s distorted and malfunctioning economy nor speedily make America’s foreign policy more plausible. A prophet in the form of a “Barack Obama” is by all odds a precursor of oncoming transformations. These conversions will require signing off the illusion that the US is the world’s sole superpower together with all the self-imposed obligations that the US has compelled itself to.
Obama, who appeared at a time of recession, has otherwise limited chances of seriously tending to the failing economy unless the country relieves itself of this costly load of burdensome dogmas. It is not that the US would willfully admit its fading role in the world; it is the rise of other centers of influence that are undermining America’s once almighty supremacy. The US has many things wrong and it is the palaver of enchanting lyrics coming from a prophet by the name of Obama that will serve the background euphony to these radical transformations. No direct efforts will be required of the US; the growing influence of China, Russia, Brazil, and the EU will put things straight.
Barack Obama is what I would call an American version of “Yeltsin” in Russia, the man who denounced communism, and cleared the road for reforms. The averse restrictions of the US economy, together with the growth of other centers of influence will speed up the destruction of “Bushism” and reformulate US imperial postulates allowing the country to readjust itself to new world challenges employing agreeable and less costly means, leaving more room for restraint, tolerance, patience non-intervention, and meliorating the internal needs of America.
Valentine Akishkin is an entrepreneur in Siberia, Russia.