reply to post by kindred
Did you read the article about China building the world's largest navy? It doesn't even MENTION China's navy. It has a title, and a bunch of
paragraphs that have nothing to do with that title.
The reason our Navy (and Air Force) are at low points right now is because we are currently involved in a ground war
. Financial backing,
therefor, is currently leaning towards supporting ground-based warfighters. We've downgraded the Navy and Air Force because they aren't in demand.
Re-upping our Navy and Air Force is simply a matter of needing them in full force again, and adjusting the budget to compensate.
And as far as using Russia's microchips and rockets? Throughout America's history, it has used foreign technology to achieve and maintain its power.
Americans have become experts at taking other country's strengths and making them its own. In essence, America's trend is to import superiority
rather than attempt to brew it at home, where it would have to pay pesky minimum wages and cater to the whims of the labor force working on various
If we can't use Russia's microchips anymore, we'll go back to Japan's. If we can't use their rockets, we'll start co-developing them with
Europe. In the end, the root of American strength is its buying power. Its weakness is its dependance on other countries, which becomes tough to
maintain when we act like imperialist warmongers.
The real technological threat America faces from Russia and China is that when they see a need for a new military technology, they can simply force
their citizens to make it for them. America's technological response depends on when some other country out there offers us a solution that we can
buy, import, or steal.
However, the United States has a vast workforce which is still highly educated (Despite what world rankings and alarmist pollsters might be announcing
about our education system this week, quite a bit more than 80% of Americans I've met in my life could find our country on a map.) If we need to
boost our technology further, and nobody is willing to do it for us on the cheap side, we DO have the capability to get the job done here at home. It
seems that until then we will continue to abide by the policy of "work smarter, not harder."
My point is, just because we got a few things from Russia doesn't mean Russia must suddenly be our superior. We got the textile industry from Great
Britain, whom we fought and gained indepenance from. The A-Bomb was largely aided by German scientists during a war which Germany lost. And (matter of
opinion coming up!) the best beer in America comes from Mexico, but I'd rather drink the U.S.'s water any day.