If one takes the time to sniff out history, one obvious fact emerges. People managing/leading any empire--no matter how large or small--have tended to make many stupid mistakes in territories of those they dominate, usually because they do not understand local conditions and make decisions based upon ethnocentricity. Recent empires are easier to study, because documents and survivors, both victims and perpetrators, exist.
Myriad examples are available from the British Empire. Men (it’s always men) sat in London and made decisions affecting people in far-flung lands. Few, if any, had traveled beyond those “hallowed shores” or even spent much time outside their clubs. Before the wireless, requests for decisions were sent by boat and decisions were returned by boat, meaning that months passed from the need of an answer and the answer arriving. The situation had surely changed, meaning that the decision was meaningless or, worse, counterproductive.
Now, only communication speed has changed. Bad decisions can be communicated instantly. Stupid, misinformed, arrogant men (again, mostly men) make decisions affecting people in distant lands, about which they know (and probably care) little, much of which is surely incorrect. The British Empire has been replaced by the U.S. “empire”, with men in Washington replacing those in London with similar sad results for people under their thumbs.
Misinformed and malicious men have been making bad decisions for Americans and many peoples of the world since World War II (and, in some cases, much longer). As I come across more and more history, I have come to believe that the worst of the bunch held positions of power between 2000 and 2007. The world has no hope of becoming a better place because of these people. And, they made a once-great country even worse than it had been.
Of course, that’s merely one simple man’s opinion, which is based upon occasional reading and sparse perusal of various media. Men with reputations as great thinkers can be even starker in their appraisal:
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.