“SUPERPOWER”— The Quest for Global Dominance



The Quest for Global Dominance

Amos Lassen

 “Superpower”, a new documentary from Cinema Libre shows how the United States has found its way to insure its position “for unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception”. Do we find this statement disturbing? If we look carefully at the way it is worded, it tends to reminds us of why we were in the cold war and against whom. Taking a broad view from history, this film brings us a new focus and on modern times. Using a series of interviews with experts in their fields, we learn something new about our country and even more surprising is the nature of those interviewed. Through what they have to say, we see the future of America and it is disturbing. As Americans, we need to know our history and have the mission and the courage to change it. Even with the darkest of truths that we find here, we do have some hope from people who will try to change things for future generations of Americans.

This is Barbara-Anne Steegmuller’s film and it gives us a complete look at American economic and military policies since the Second World War What we see here is a diorama of America’s “Grand Strategy” with the military-industrial complex as its focus and heart. “The role of Grand Strategy—higher strategy—is to coordinate and direct all the resources of a nation, or band of nations, towards the attainment of the political object of the war—the goal defined by fundamental policy”. These are the words of B.H, Liddell Hart, military historian and they set the scene and tone of the film. Other interviews include noted experts and activists—Noam Chomsky, Eric Haney, founder of Delta Force, the counterterrorist arm of the U.S. Army, Karen U. Kwiatkowski, critic of United States involvement in Iraq. What we see here is what truly is behind the driving force of this country’s foreign policy.


In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower made this statement in his farewell address—

 “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence whether sought or unsought by the military industrial complex; the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced powers exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic process.” It seems as if no one heard or if they did, they have paid no attention to it. We still see that American imperialism is shaping the world some fifty years after this speech was given. Haney says that what we are really doing is enforcing the rule of oligarchy and in the process killing off peasants. Dr. Chalmers Johnson shows us that in order to achieve world domination, we would need some 35 to 40 big and expensive military bases and we actually have 737.


With the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has emerged as the eminent world superpower. This film shows us by going behind the scenes of the security apparatus and military operations that we are on a quest for global dominance. Using the analysis of American foreign policy presented here, we see where this country stands internationally and learn that this is in definite contrast to what mainstream media and heads of state lead us to believe.