At 1/13/07 07:48 PM, Culpeo wrote:
Most of Americas money is overseas. A number of our manufaturing plants a stationed out of the orient (i.e. China, Taiwan, Veitnam). And We have a dependincy on foreighn oil.
Yes as these countries are equally dependent on the US for investment.
But, it is a myth that most of our manufacturing capability its outside the US. Its actually just a fraction of our domestic output. But since our country is so huge, highly populated, and consumes alot of products, when people look at the numbers involved with our importing from other countries, they don't put it into context.
For example, people always say ''like OMG, the US buys $300 Billion worth of chinese goods every year, thats sooo much" but then they fail to realize that domestic sales in the US top $8 TRILLION dollars a year, about 60% of our GDP, while spending on imports all together are less than 10%.
Also, what I find funny is that the US buys more from Mexico every year than we do from China value-wise.
The US is still the worlds economic superpower. It makes more money than any other country, has more influence in other economies, and is the center of the world financial and trading systems.
The US relies on other countries, yes, but the ENTIRE WORLD relies on the US.
Every single country in the world that the US doesn't have a close economic partnership is in poverty.
Every single country in the world that the US DOES have a close economic partnership is successful.
The closer the trade ties are with the US, the better off the country is.
The US has the ability to destroy other countries because the US has so much stake in all their economies.
For example, Canada. Canada has a very successful economy, but most of this is due to the fact that the US provides them with almost all of their investment, and almost ALL major Canadian businesses are owned by American businesses, and most of their infrastructure is tied into the US infrastructure.
Then, the few Canadian successful businesses that aren't moderated by Americans still rely on the US stock market and banking systems to grow and function. If the US cut off ties with Canada, the US would suffer, but Canada's economy would completely crumble.
And this is true with many other countries and their relationship with the US.
The US is the worlds economic superpower. The EU makes more money each year, but its still incredibly reliant on the US, much more so than the US is on the EU.
So my Question is: I america went against the World or the World went Agaist America, would we be able to hold our own?
Ok well now you're talking militarily.
The US is vastly superior in military power than every other country, or allegiance of countries in the world. The only real military rival the US has is China, but they are 20 years behind the US in technology, they lack a significant navy, airforce, and their army is large but is under-equipped and consists of illiterate peasant conscripts.
In fact, China is about equal in terms of force projection that the Iraqi army was in 91 during the Gulf War, and the US defeated them in 48 hours. It would take longer with China, but the US is so vastly superior in technology and strategic location that China would just simply be overwhelmed.
Also, China only has about 20 nuclear tipped missiles that could reach the US (some of these would be shot down), so even in a nuclear war, the US would survive but China would be destroyed.
I even read a British study that said that if all militaries of the world combined against the US and no nukes were involved, the US would still prevail.
Then, I'm sure someone might use the myth that Europe is stronger than the US in military terms but this is simply untrue. Not only does the US already have military forces in Europe in a significant number, but the US actually CONTROLS the air defense systems, satellites, datalinks, and battle networks that the European allies use in their military.
Then, the Europeans lack any significant ability to reach the US to attack it, meanwhile the US would have free-reign to bomb Europes infrastructure and defense systems (which the US owns technology over and knows where they are located). The US has 12 supercarriers capable of enormous air attacks, hundreds of stealth bombers ( steal 'fighters' included), and 30 amphibious assault ships (basically little aircraft carriers) that would be able to lay waste to Europe quit rapidly.
Meanwhile, the Europeans only have 4 aircraft carriers that are smaller than the 30 Amphibious assault ships the US has. They have ABSOLUTELY NO stealth aircraft, no long-range bombers of any sort, and wouldn't even be able to communicate to coordinate a war because their GPS, communications, and technology all rely on American systems. The Europeans don't even have an independent military satellite for GPS, think about that...
The US is just so much more advanced and powerful than even the next most powerful military powers, that a conventional war against the US by ANYONE would simply be suicide.
With that said, the only way the US could be destroyed is from a full-scale nuclear war with Russia, but then again, this would never be triggered as it would mean the end of the world itself.