• I think we're going to have to accept the fact the U.S. is off the world map. We are not a great player any longer. And when we come home - as we will have to do because we've run out of money - we will discover that Argentine debts means Argentine politics. And on that note, you can wake up in the middle of the night.

    "Gore Vidal, Novelist of U.S. Past Sees an Empire Replacing Republic He So Admired". Interview with Robert Scheer, December 15, 1991.