By Marvin L. Astrada (auth.)
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Interests. 15 Under an ASA, the United States forms an entelechy of global security—that is, a complex state of affairs where a large number of objects (states) reside within the confines of a defined space (states-system framework). The single object, when combined with other objects, produces an entelechy of order. S. ASA is an absolutist, totalizing system in that security under a terror rubric has an ad infinitum capacity to be expanded and replicated. 16 Security is, therefore, disseminated via self-replicating clusters of ideas, precepts, and first principles backed by overwhelming military power and the specter of the event of 9/11.
14 In sum, the United States seeks to substantially reconfigure a sovereign states system to conform to a unipolar system via the homogenization of security policy. S. -designated “enemies” of global peace and prosperity. S. power, they are nevertheless not “official” enemies of global order. Indeed, these states are immediately crucial to global economic and political stability; they possess large economies, nuclear weapons, overwhelming military power, and are full, active participants in global affairs.
S. conception of global security do not, despite claims to the contrary, contain universal truthvalue. “Symbolic forms or categories are neither a passive framework of innate a prioris as Kant assumed, nor are they acquired by simple repetition as Hume . . -managed international system of states are permitted and encouraged to join the United States in its crusade, in planning what international society will look like. S. President George W. Bush, “Every nation has a stake in this cause,” and even though “at some point, [the United States] may be the only [state] left[, that is] okay .
American Power after 9/11 by Marvin L. Astrada (auth.)