It is like cancer in the body. You cannot expect it to go away because you remove a small portion of the cancer from the body. At best that will only result in remission if you can remove the worst parts of the cancer.
For example you might think that the removal of those like this Thomas P.M. Barnett, U.S. Naval War College
The Pentagon's New Map
Released March 1, 2003 - Two weeks prior to the invasion of Iraq.
It Explains Why We're Going To War, And Why We Will Keep Going To War
So how do we distinguish between who is really making it in globalization's Core and who remains in the Gap? And how permanent is this dividing line?
In sum, it is always possible to fall off this bandwagon called globalization. And when you do, bloodshed will follow. If you are lucky, so will American troops.
If we map out U.S military responses since the end of the cold war,(see below), we find an overwhelming concentration of activity in the regions of the world that are excluded from globalization's Core--
Most have demographics skewed very young, and most are labeled, "low income" or "low middle income" by the World Bank (i.e., less than $3,000 annual per capita).
If we draw a line around the majority of those military interventions, we have basically mapped the Non-integrating Gap.
If a country is either losing out to globalization or rejecting much of the content flows associated with its advance, there is a far greater chance that the U.S will end up sending forces at some point.
Conversely, if a country is largely functioning within globalization, we tend not to have to send our forces there to restore order to eradicate threats.
Now, that may seem like tautology-- in effect defining any place that has not attracted U.S. military intervention in the last decade or so as "functioning within globalization"( and vise versa).
Look at the other places U.S. Special Operations Forces have recently zeroed in on: northwestern Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen. We are talking the ends of the of the earth as far as globalization is concerned.
IF WE STEP BACK for a minute and consider the broader implications of this new global map, then U.S. national-security strategy would seem to be:
The Middle East is the perfect place to start.
Just thought I would show a few things to give the gist of it. Now you may think removing those such as that will alleviate the cancer but it will not. Those of that ilk are just cells. You have to remove the tumor in whole otherwise it just grows back and inevitably kills the body.
So yes I would agree with you that extinction is in the cards for the americans.
edit on 5-5-2012 by emberscott because: (no reason given)