The man who successfully predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union says the world is increasingly dangerous because the U.S. takes less of a leadership role, but he is hopeful President Trump will reverse that trend.
Herbert E. Meyer served as special assistant to CIA Director William Casey in the 1980s and also as vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. Around that time, Meyer wrote a classified booklet titled “Why Is the World So Dangerous?” It detailed why he believed the Soviet Union would soon collapse.
“I think the reason the world is so dangerous is because, for the first time in our lifetimes, the United States has been stepping away from leadership,” Meyer told WND and Radio America. “We’ve left a power vacuum in the world. It’s like taking the police off the streets. Your city and my city would become dangerous again.”
Meyer continued: “I thought I needed to make that point for a whole new generation. All they’ve heard is that American power is the problem, that if we had a smaller footprint, the world would be a safer place. Well, for the last eight years, we’ve had a smaller footprint. We had a president who thought the United States was too strong, too powerful, played too big a role in the world.
“The result is exactly the opposite of what he said would happen. The world did not become safer. It became more dangerous,” Meyer said.
While being quick to acknowledge many Americans do not want the U.S. to be the policeman of the world, Meyer said strength abroad almost always means strength at home and vice versa.
“There’s a growing sense politically that we have to step aside and we’ve played too big a role,” Meyer said. “Once you do that, you’re giving up your foreign policy. What we’ve learned from experience is when you are weak in foreign policy, it also affects your domestic policies.”
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