The new Victor Davis Hanson column is one sentence!
All you hypocrites decrying America now will be supporting us soon enough when China starts flexing its undemocratic, tyrannical, nuclear world-Power muscles. Money Shot: The Patriot Act to a European is proof of American illiberality in a way that China’s swallowing Tibet or jailing and executing dissidents is not. America’s support for Saudi Arabia is proof of our hypocrisy in not severing ties with an undemocratic government, while few care that a country with leaders who traverse the globe in Mao suits cuts any deal possible with fascists and autocrats for oil, iron ore, and food. As nations come to know the Chinese, and as a ripe Europe increasingly cannot or will not defend itself, the old maligned United States will begin to look pretty good again. More important, America will not be the world’s easily caricatured sole power, but more likely the sole democratic superpower that factors in morality in addition to national interest in its treatment of others. China is strong without morality; Europe is impotent in its ethical smugness. The buffer United States, in contrast, believes morality is not mere good intentions but the willingness and ability to translate easy idealism into hard and messy practice. All those of you who hope that China will become a worldpower strong enough to counterbalance the "tyrannical" "Imperial" USA, well, just be careful what you wish for, ok? Altough , something tells me that you will get exactly what you deserve!