Is America an Empire in Denial?

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George W. Bush insists that America has never been an empire. During his presidential campaign he said, -We may be the only great power in history that had the chance and refused.- He now asserts that -Americans, following a battle, want nothing more than to return home,- But the United States has at least 725 military bases in 140 other countries, and lots of new ones just since September 11. It-s nation-building in Afghanistan, peace-making in the Middle East, and occupying Iraq. Both supporters and critics of the Bush administration are asking if that-s not Empire, what is? Is it time to push out or pull back? We weight the consequences of America-s global domination with British historian Niall Ferguson, Asia specialist Chalmers Johnson, and journalist Michael Elliott of Time and William Kristol of the Weekly Standard.
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Secretary Powell-s joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon

Road map to Middle East peace



Warren Olney