On The Last Word they had a guy talking about the USA and international affairs in the Middle East.
He talked about the idea that the USA is a modern day empire, that Americans didn’t even think of it as an empire, they became quite agitated when confronted with this idea and he covered a lot of other issues too.
He also pointed out that empires always come to an end, and the end may already have started to happen.
I just wish Today FM archived clips like RTE do so other people could hear it, no, I don’t remember what his name was, I only caught the last few minutes of the interview while driving home yesterday.
Here’s the obligatory Google Search.