Very interesting, insightful and well researched. I never though of this as a nostalgia.
I think this sentiment is exarcebated by the contradition the american people find themselves in. They are at the same time complicit in these international crimes of the US and ignorant of them, only knowing post-fact, from far away realities that might as well be fiction.
It’s an open history book that the rest of the world knows and lived with and it’s something americans are oblivious even though they are the ones doing it.
Americans are both powerless do to anything about it, just watching it unfold as news stories and at the same time, are the only group of people who can do anything to stop it, in the whole world! They are the ones fighting in those wars, piloting those airship carriers, electing those congressmen and paying the taxes that finance the war efforts.
At the same time they are greatly indirectly benefited from the profits from the war and exploitation of less developed countries, most americans do not see any direct benefit in their lives from all that money.
What I’m trying to say is, get your sh*t together America. No one else in the world can get it for you. We would if we could (just like america did because they can). Eisenhower’s council had an explicit policy of opposing political or economic progress in the Middle East. A lot of governments since and before had that as an implict policy and everywhere in the less developed world. So… the american people is the only ones left, there’s no external power that can help you shape american politics in a more democratic direction. You have to take democracy from the hands of those who obstruct it inside the US (and in doing so, you’re on the way of solving those contradictions up there)