The ?National Security Strategy of the United States of America,? issued in September 2002, is a thinly-veiled warning to the world that the current US Administration is ready to protect the national economic, political and military pre-eminence (read ?wealth, privilege, power, lifestyle?) at any cost. The Administration is committing itself to maintain and use its historic and unparalleled military, economic and political power to pursue what it considers the U.S. national interests and pre-empt all perceived threats, while refusing to accept any effective international system of checks and balances. It is living by and promoting a vision of global order in which power is not checked by democratic processes and the rule of law. This approach to global governance is thoroughly ?un-American.?