posted by Stratrf_Rus
I am directly related to the deposed royal family (the Tutors and the Stuarts) through the first Duke of Suffolk - married to the first daughter of
Henry VIII . . [Edited by Don W]
Henry VIII and his courageous and visionary daughter, the first Queen Elizabeth, are both in my pantheon of demigods.
Doesn't really matter . . I do believe I would make a better King than either Charles or his wayward sons. Right now Britain is little more than a
puppet of the US - with Nasdaq trying to purchase the London Stock Exchange. That probably won't go through but that's how things have gone.
Over here, the 1914-1945 period is sometimes called the Second Thirty Years War. As the first Thirty Years War ended the Wars of Religion in Europe,
so the second ended the Days of Empire. Barely 2 years later - 1947 - the Empire on which the Sun never set, lost its “jewel in the crown” when
India gained its independence. Overseen by Lord Louis Mountbatten, another Brit to be found in my pantheon. I have read that after WW1, running the
Empire cost more than it brought in. The not always immediately apparent laws of economics may have spelt the end to all the old style empires. If you
consider the 13 colonies here as the “mother country” then the US has always been an empire but of a different sort.
As your King I would re-unite the Empire. Particularly in Africa - under good British Government - Africa has the most to gain. The ultimate goal of
wrestling from the US their dominance of the Chinese market, to contain Russia and move her former Empire farther from her, and to re-establish a
strong industrial sector through out the Empire.
I think you will find Africa is like the genie in the bottle. Once released, it cannot be recaptured. Russia remains and has always been heavily
handicapped by its geography, located in the high latitudes. It's too damned cold! If it weren't so large in area, it would hardly be noticed.
People who make sense to me warn that China - the PRC - is at the verge of imploding. 300 million “coastal” Chinese versus the 1 billion
“inland” Chinese. China’s financial structure has reached the limits of its capacity. The internal policies that have made the rapid growth of
China possible I date from 1977's 6th Party Congress. I mean to say, China is not a participant in the international monetary system. It has operated
internally and oblivious to international norms. China’s state banks are beginning to crack around the edges.
Because China is not managed under international banking rules, the inevitable and unchecked mis-handling of resources has put China in a very bad
situation, money-wise. Half the loans made over the past 20 years are in default. China has made the fatal mistake bankers seek to avoid; they have
loaned so much to borrowers they cannot afford to call the loan. They have become partners. The banker’s worst nightmare. Because remote and aloof
politicians rule the banks, loans in default are carried on the books as assets. China can’t “float” the yuan. It would sink! China is to
banking what America is to Iraq. Aside:
It is now accepted we have destroyed Iraq as a viable state; the issue now is how do we get out without
destroying ourselves! It's deja vu Vietnam!
These goals are better than the mentioned goals the Queen recently gave - of combating terrorism (not a threat needing concerted national effort) or
"anti-social behavior" which the people get from Hollywood.
I strongly agree with you here, Mr S/R. By the bye, I owe you on another thread. The American Grand Strategy. Neither the US nor the UK can afford
the current War on Terror the way Bush43 chose to wage it. Texas-style. Quick draw. Shoot first. Questoins later. We must learn to fight smart, not
to fight dumb. The terrorists can and have whipsawed us. They spend a few 1000s or even millions, and we counter by spending many billions. In the
2004 election, a cd - which proved to be 3 years old - was “leaked” to the press. It showed what the Republicans said was a scouting out of
targets in NYC’s Wall Street and in W-DC. Both cities put police on overtime and spent $70 million. The cd, later identified by an observant
property owner in NYC, proved to be nothing.
OTOH, Bill Clinton pursued the first WTC bombers with the FBI as a criminal act and the perpetrators are now in prison. The country was not put $8 T.
in debt nor were our basic laws violated. We did not kill 50-150,000 people, mostly innocent, nor lose nearly 3,000 of our own KIA on a fools errand.
Say hello Hillary Clinton!
Expanding British influence in Saudi Arabia should not be hard to do - such an expansion back into the Middle East would give the UK more sway over
international law. The US is only concerned with maintaining their hegemony - not with administering the world.
The US learned early on how to have the benefits of empire without the burden of governance. We impose locals who are willing to work with our
corporate representatives - lackeys - and the USMC keeps down any dissenters. How do you think I can still buy bananas at 39 cents a pound, which is
the same price it was 10 years ago? The United Fruit Company is the largest land owner in Nicaragua, where the election of Ortega is the reason the US
has re-established the infamous US Army School of the Americas. Say hello torture and death squads. But we have cheap bananas.
I'd return the UK to her former glory as the British Empire. Also, a revision of the Knights of the British Empire has to be made - I would reserve
that more for the elite combatants of the nation - a title with great honor for great service.
Would you not concede the Mahatma served India better than a dozen field marshals? Admittedly made possible because Brits are not Belgians or even
French. For which you may take considerable pride. (I am not Franco bashing. I acknowledge the debt we Americans owe the French for their inestimable
and essential aid in our War of 1775-1783, without which aid we’d still be colonies.)
[edit on 11/23/2006 by donwhite]