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July 30, 2001
TO THE BUSH administration, being the world's only superpower seems to mean to hell with everyone else, we'll do things our way. Besides being arrogant, it isn't very wise. By ignoring or trying to reverse international agreements that are important to everyone (and should be to us, too), the United States is gratuitously insulting other nations. We have been humiliating past superpowers, like Russia, and future superpowers, like China. We have unnecessarily embarrassed allies and so-called "rogue states,"alike.
NEWS
March 17, 1990 | By Mark Thompson, Inquirer Washington Bureau The Associated Press contributed to this report
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney yesterday warned that the United States would become "a second-class power" if the military budget were cut in half over the coming decade as some defense experts are urging. "There is no question that changes in the world do justify long-term budgetary savings, but there is a point below which we cannot go if we want to remain a superpower," Cheney said in a speech to the National Newspaper Association here. He said the results of the debate on the 1991 Pentagon budget would not be limited to ships, planes and tanks, but could mark the end of the nation's superpower role.
NEWS
September 10, 1990 | By Carol Morello, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Helsinki summit produced a communique that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein can view as leaving the door to his aims either half-open or half- closed. The message was that he has to get out of Kuwait. But eventually, he may achieve some of the goals for which he claims to be waging a holy war. Hussein has taunted the Soviet Union, chiding it for ceding superpower status to the United States in the Middle East. If he hoped to shame his former patron and military supplier into siding with him and reviving vestiges of the Cold War, he was sorely disappointed.
NEWS
November 7, 1997 | By Trudy Rubin
Being the world's only superpower ain't easy. Back in Cold War days, attitudes toward America were much more clear-cut. Those who distrusted communism lined up behind us; those who admired it lined up behind the Soviets. Third World countries tended to divide up according to whether their leaders were paid off by Moscow or Washington. But ever since the Soviet collapse and our emergence as the dominant world power, there's no such neat formula by which foreigners can judge us. Capitalism has trumped communism, and America is the most successful practitioner of market economics.
NEWS
October 15, 1992
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A SUPERPOWER The day I left Riyadh, my counterpart, Prince Khaled bin Sultan, said something that really surprised me because he had been admittedly somewhat anti-American at the beginning of the war. He said, "If the world is only going to have one superpower, thank God, it's the United States of America. " Stop and think about that. Stop and think in the last hundred years of the nations that could have been the world's only superpower - Hitler's Germany, Tojo's Japan, Stalin's Russia, Mao's China - and think of the darkness that would have fallen across the face of this earth had any of those nations emerged as the world's only superpower.
NEWS
April 25, 1994 | BY DANIEL H. KIM
With the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism in most of the world, many have called for an end to the "watchdog" foreign policy that the United States has followed in recent history. With the emergence of the United States as the only legitimate military superpower, it has been argued that our nation can now afford to follow an increasingly isolationist foreign policy. Furthermore, it is argued that our country cannot divert its attention to crusades or holy wars, but must allocate its scarce resources to its own people.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE BRIDGE. 10 tonight, FX. * CAMP. 10 tonight, NBC10. * ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Streaming on Netflix beginning tomorrow.   A BODY found bisected on the border between the United States and Mexico touches off something bigger than a jurisdictional dispute in "The Bridge," an addictive new drama premiering Wednesday on FX. Adapted by Penn grad Meredith Stiehm ("Cold Case," "Homeland") and Elwood Reid from a Scandinavian series, "The Bridge" isn't so much about the span that connects Juarez and El Paso as it is about the disconnect between the two cities, one ranked among the world's deadliest, the other with fewer than two dozen murders most years.
NEWS
February 26, 1999 | By Trudy Rubin
Since the Soviet collapse, Americans have gotten used to being citizens of the sole superpower. It has been an exhilarating eight years. America confronts no urgent security threats and boasts the world's strongest military and economy, even as U.S. technology and culture dominate the globe. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright calls America "the indispensable nation. " But this indispensability doesn't make others jump to do our bidding. Just look at how the Kosovar Albanians scuttled NATO peace talks this week - despite the intense personal efforts of Albright to save them from Serb slaughter.
NEWS
September 15, 1992 | By Marc Gunther, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The Bush-Quayle campaign has spent $2.5 million for television time during such programs as NBC's Miss America Pageant and ABC's Monday Night Football for a 60-second ad that outlines the President's plan for change. Here is an analysis of the commercial. THE BUY. The ad premiered Sunday during NFL football telecasts and CBS's coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championships. It is scheduled to run this week in prime time, as well as during sports events next weekend. THE VISUAL.
NEWS
July 21, 1988
When President Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev met in Moscow they agreed that they would like to see a solution worked out by the end of September to the turmoil in Angola and southern Africa, where superpower surrogates have been battling in a complex war. This week the governments of South Africa, Angola and Cuba, approved a newly negotiated pact that sets out principles for ending the war in Angola and ushering in black majority rule to neighboring Namibia....
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February 23, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Drucker is living proof that a man not only can learn to appreciate some nagging from his wife, but also build a thriving, innovative company as a result of it. In Drucker's case, it is Norristown-based NewKadia.com, launched in 2000 and believed to be the only dedicated online comic-book dealer. Its inventory is 750,000; its average annual sales is 200,000 books, with profitability a constant since the second year. Revenue, Drucker said, is in the "low seven figures.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE BRIDGE. 10 tonight, FX. * CAMP. 10 tonight, NBC10. * ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Streaming on Netflix beginning tomorrow.   A BODY found bisected on the border between the United States and Mexico touches off something bigger than a jurisdictional dispute in "The Bridge," an addictive new drama premiering Wednesday on FX. Adapted by Penn grad Meredith Stiehm ("Cold Case," "Homeland") and Elwood Reid from a Scandinavian series, "The Bridge" isn't so much about the span that connects Juarez and El Paso as it is about the disconnect between the two cities, one ranked among the world's deadliest, the other with fewer than two dozen murders most years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2012
* TOUCH. 9 tonight, Fox 29.   THERE ARE people who will be incredibly touched by "Touch," the story of a small mute boy (David Mazouz) whose mind grasps patterns in numbers he can't communicate but that could change our world, one connection at a time. How I wish I were one of them. Not only because I happen to like Kiefer Sutherland, whose portrayal of a single father struggling with a profoundly disabled son is touching and who, after Jack Bauer's relentless stoicism on "24," deserves to move his face.
NEWS
June 9, 2010 | By Jeff Hurvitz
"You may fire when you are ready, Gridley. " Those words were uttered by Commodore George Dewey aboard the Olympia on May 1, 1898, as the United States was about to assert itself as a superpower. The setting was the Philippines, at Manila Bay, and the enemy was Spain, whose colonial dominance over the Philippines and much of the American hemisphere, including Cuba and Puerto Rico, was about to be successfully challenged. More than 100 years later, the United States continues to exert a worldwide influence that was born at that moment.
SPORTS
June 3, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Is it too early to start serious Chase Utley-for-MVP talk? It's only June 3, but he certainly has made an excellent case for himself as the Phillies could become the first team to have three different players win league MVP honors in three straight seasons since Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard won the award for the New York Yankees from 1961 to 1963. Utley, who would follow MVPs Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, led the charge for the Phillies last night in a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park, which moved the Phils 1 1/2 games ahead of the Florida Marlins in the National League East.
NEWS
June 1, 2008 | By Virginia A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Perhaps, in times like these, more of us should turn to superheroes. All the news seems bad and depressing, yet the thousands of people who turned out yesterday for day two of Wizard World Philadelphia, the comic-book/action-figure/pop-culture convention, seemed an unusually happy lot. You'd think they'd be grouchy after shelling out $25 for the day ($45 for a three-day pass), plus having to pay for transportation, parking and food. But they were as pleasant as suburban gardeners at the Flower Show - with a slightly different dress code.
SPORTS
May 8, 2008 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It didn't take long for Dawn Staley to transform the Temple women's basketball team from a doormat that hadn't had a winning record in a decade to an annual contender for both the Atlantic Ten Conference and Big Five titles. By Staley's fifth season, 2004-05, Temple had reached big-time status with its first appearance in the weekly Associated Press poll. At South Carolina, which announced yesterday that Staley would be its new coach, it may take longer to gain similar acclaim.
NEWS
February 19, 2007 | By Charles Krauthammer
Vladimir Putin - Russia's president, although the more accurate title would be godfather - made headlines last week with a speech in Munich that set a new standard in anti-Americanism. He not only charged the United States with the "hyper-use of force," "disdain for the basic principles of international law," and having "overstepped its national borders in . . . the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. " He even blamed the spread of weapons of mass destruction, which the United States has been combating with few allies, and against constant Russian resistance, on American "dominance" that "inevitably encourages" other countries to defensively acquire them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2005 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
On the cover of the first Fantastic Four, published in November 1961 (price: 10 cents), the freakishly superpowered unit of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic); his wife, Sue (The Invisible Girl); her brother Johnny (Human Torch); and their best pal, Ben Grimm (The Thing), grapples with a monster erupting from beneath the sidewalk. Among the word balloons is this Shakespearean exchange between Sue and Johnny: "I can't turn invisible fast enough!! How can we stop this creature, Torch?"
NEWS
June 5, 2003 | By Jane Eisner
Say that you are running a superpower of a business, the largest of its kind by far. You're like AT&T in the days of dial phones, the New York Yankees during their seasons of glory, the British crown when Victoria ruled. A blow from a surprising source left you uncharacteristically wobbly, but you've recovered quickly enough to complete a takeover so controversial some of those in favor couldn't back you publicly. Now even critics are secretly breathing a sigh of relief. This is a moment of consolidation.
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