In his article Timothy Garton Ash made a comparison between UK empire 1905 and US empire 2005 and urge the US to start thinking about the world after the American century. This is a sometime forgotten vision amid all the rage about the current American hegemony.
David Rieff voice the inadequateness of US’s ability to battle Global Islamiist in his article, he clearly understand that the battle of idea between American Democratic ideal and Global Islamiist ideal is not the same as the battle between the East and West during the Cold War. However, I think he failed to understand that the battle is still ideological but it is just not in the realm of governance and economic like the Cold War was, instead it is the battle of ideas in the realm of social values. Which I talked about in an earlier article.