Shaktipalooza wrote:The US won WWII. . . .
I would say that a number of countries won WWII, but if I had to pick one, it would be Russia.
I would say rather that Soviet-style socialism lost the Cold War. And why? Not enough cheeseburgers. Not enough gewgaws and gimcracks. Or to steal from Steve Martin, not enough fur sinks, electric dog polishers, gasoline powered turtlenecks.Shaktipalooza wrote:. . . and the cold war.
Shaktipalooza wrote:Now we've had a war of economic power and influence where China has conquered, all without firing a single shot. The US, once the richest nation on earth has become the biggest debtor in the history of civilization while China in a few decades has become our biggest creditor.
Now that the US is teetering under the weight of its on debt the Chinese are quietly decoupling themselves from our economy. Last June they lowered their US bond holdings by 3%, the greatest amount to date. In just the last few years China has doubled their gold reserves and is encouraging citizens to buy precious metals and pushing banks to offer more precious metals products. In short, they are preparing for a collapse of the dollar and the demise of the US as a global economic superpower.
The day is rapidly approaching when the Chinese will be ready to let the US sink into a financial abyss and enjoy the fruits of their own shrewd economic policies. At this point the Taiwanese government will be smart to make nice with the mainland as the US will be incapable of being an effective ally. Until then, China will have no interest in an armed conflict with Taiwan (and by extension, the US), they're much too smart for that. Besides, their methods of attaining economic dominance are far more effective than the US style of blowing things up.
Sorry America, China has won the war you didn't realize you were fighting, have another cheeseburger.
But since the late 1960s I've been hearing and reading the claim that the U.S. was on the way out. And in a way it was true then and still is, for this reason: we never were the big boss--at least not boss enough to control everything, or even to come within miles of it.
And the knowledge that we can't control everything certainly predates the 1960s:
--Dwight D. Eisenhower, diary entry, January 6, 1953Winston [Churchill] is trying to relive the days of World War II. In those days, he had the enjoyable feeling that he and our President were sitting on some rather Olympian platform with respect to the rest of the world, and directing world affairs from that point of vantage. Even if this picture were an accurate one of those days, it would have no application to the present. But it was only partially true, even then, as many of us who, in various corners of the world, had to work out the solutions for nasty local problems are well aware. In the present international complexities, any hope of establishing such a relationship is completely fatuous.
One more quote from old Ike, this one from 1952:
Asians should fight Asians.
So what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna have another cheeseburger.