reply to post by Final Solstice
It's all hogwash. No one is surpassing the USA or taking it over any time in the distant future.
Are you joking? The US will only last as long as its economy lasts and our economy is only as strong as it is, because our currency is used both as
the international reserve and to trade commodities, which ultimately extends our credit and puts value in our currency. Other than that, we consume
far more than we produce.
Other nations' currencies are valued on real and definable variables, where is ours is not. Sure, we just may have the strongest military and most
technological weapons, but that's only as long as the money is there. With out the money to feed into these programs or our military and you will
qouckly see this advantage fade away, especially seeing how these military-industrial companies have started to go international.
Not only that, but it is our empire that ensures we have access to the materials needed in order to build the technology. Since our empire is built on
an economical model, it is only as good as our economy.
Just about any economist worth his weight in salt, knows that our economy can't and won't last for much longer. You can't ship production off-shore
at the same time that your debt is rising through the roof at unprecedented rates and our deficits are only growing wider. In fact, even if Americans
were to drastically cut-back our consuming, we would still have a trade deficit that is uglier Queen Latifa, just to stay afloat and viable.
, therefor our military
has its days numbers. The only thing we can blame is ignorance, greed and lack of
responsability on the part of the American people for the current situation we find ourselves in. Sadly, our economy has already passed the event
horizon and all we can do, is watch it collapse. Whether this happens in our life-times or our children's is left for debate, though many argue much
sooner than later. We simply can no longer sustain our current system and even the most drastic changes wouldn't help much.
As I said in the OP and following posts, China is only biding time because their economy directly benefits from ours, hence their major investments.
However, whem our economy is no longer viable and China can no longer sell us all of the plastic useless crap, they are going to elbow their way in to
our lonely spot at the top.
Unfortunately, by then most Americans will have already handed in their liberties - or what's left of them, anyway - and we will be subjected to
authoritarian rule, at least until our natural resources are raped from us. Because of this, we won't have any weapons to fend of a Chinese invasion,
but no need to fret, an invasion wouldn't be needed anyway.
China does not need to invade our homeland in order to take our throne as world super-power. They simply do what we have been doing and that is to
economically coerce nations into abiding by their system. If a country refuses and has something that the empire wants, then they first demonize and
spin propaganda, then they invade but that is really few and far betwen. In short, they will simply do what America has been doing for 50+ years and
that is to conquer economically.