Gone but will never forgotten. R.I.P. Nate
- Aug 13, 1998
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- Anniston, AL
I look forward very much to the return of a more multipolar world....leads to interestingly well written, yet badly misinformed European commentary.
There's probably more truth to this than you realize.They might get bored.
...But it must be recognised that it's not just Obama's shortcomings that are causing the problem. The very structure of the American political system is at the heart of these failures. For example, thwarting Obama on a regular basis is an unrepresentative senate where "minority rule" prevails and undermines what a majority of the country may want. With two senators elected per state, regardless of population, California with more than 35 million people has the same number of senators as Wyoming with just half a million residents. This constitutional arrangement greatly favours low population states, many of which tend to be conservative, producing what one political analyst has called "a weighted vote for small-town whites in pickup trucks with gun racks...."
China's an interesting place, with its own history of infighting and factionalism. For a long time the place didn't even speak a single language, though it all sounds the same to me.China
"The world is about to enter a challenging phase where the US – the undisputed leader of the free world for the past 60 years – is going to rapidly cede its place at the head of the line."
Oh really? I wonder who is going to step up.
China's an interesting place, with its own history of infighting and factionalism. For a long time the place didn't even speak a single language, though it all sounds the same to me.
China also has massive internal problems to address with poverty, environment and development.
While I do not doubt that China will become more assertive and will demand that the US act responsibly enough to protect the value of the mountain of dollars that it sits on, I'm not so sure of the idea that China will begin sending troops abroad or that it will build 12 carrier battle groups and start patrolling the 7 seas.
At beast I see it acting over time to shunt us off its periphery and back into our own hemisphere.
But beyond that, China may have long enough of a memory to see that overextending oneself and spendning too much time playing in the backyards of others isn't the answer either.
I can see a confrontation over resources. That's a classic source of friction as far back qas the days we wore skins and carried spears.I agree generally with one major one-word wild card/caveat:
Empires and "world management" are for chumps.
And I'm prepared to contest that. But that's a fight that matters and if China is trying to corner the world supply of oil and not share with the market, we're going to have plenty of allies to address the situation.
Again, agree 100%.I absolutely love this line.
Why do so many Americans have this fascination with being No. 1? It's about quality, not quantity. If we can ever detach ourselves from the reliance to Middle East and other unstable oil, we could make ourselves a lean, mean fighting machine.
In a post-nuclear world, so what if China becomes "No. 1", whatever that means. Nobody is going to **** with us in any meaningful way if we remain a first class military and economic power at home.
Our problems, especially with cost, all are rooted in the fact that we are not structured any longer to defend North America, but to be World Policeman and to be everywhere at once.