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- Ok. Well clearly you're not interested in looking at the numbers. If you want to imagine the US military is "laughable", you're free to do so. Good day.Feb 8, 2013
- Money spent and numbers of aircraft carriers don't count for shit. Name a conflict in the last 40 years where the US military has won. Vietnam? Iraq? Bosnia? Somalia? Afghanistan? The truth is that the US achieves its goals using other people's armies, client states, wars by proxy, and divide and conquer. Standard imperial strategy, used throughout history. Like most empires, the home population won't support spiralling military spending when unemployment and poverty set in.Feb 8, 2013
- I'm aware of the numbers. They're just insignificant, redundant, and misleading. Expenditure means nothing if it isn't utilized properly. Those are the numbers, & they all point to the US being a fool on stage.
Most agree, the US makes matters worse & their "oh so powerful" military can't seem to get jobs done on time. There were Spanish troops in Afghanistan (and other countries aiding the US) they had their misson, got it done and José Luis Zapatero got them back home. Quick, clean & professional with less €
Quality>Quantity.Feb 8, 2013
- Mr. Harker (comment at 5:19) is somewhat correct. But there are a few things missing from this conversation. The goal of the US is not to "win the war" in the traditional sense. Yes Vietnam was a total failure and Somalia was embarrassing. But, the neo-conservative goals of the the Iraq War and Afghanistan were much different:
1) Regime Change (success)
2) test and prove new weapons and technology (success)
3) Prevent unification of Arabic and/or Islamic countries (partial success)
4) create a deterrent for countries harboring terrorist training camps (partial success)
5) dismantle Al Qaeda (success)
6) gain more control over middle-eastern oil (mostly fail)
meanwhile, Al Qaeda's goal was to bankrupt the US by drawing them into "impossible to win" wars. They came damn close too! And the US is not out of the woods yet either.
With respect to "who's the strongest guy in the room", the answer is obvious: the US. If you factor in technological advantages, no country in the world even comes close. But as many have pointed out, this does not necessarily mean "smart" or "happy" or "better" or anything like that. It just means that my country (Canada) were to be threatened with an existential threat the US would be by far my first pick as an ally. And anyone from France, Holland, and the UK who was born before 1940 thanks god for the US being a great ally.
I'll leave you with this one last comment: name a single world super power in the history of super powers who handled their power in a more ethical manner than the US? I'd suggest this: all superpowers will abuse their power... but I can not think of a single country in the world that I would prefer to have as a super power than the US.
LeighFeb 9, 2013
- you have many points, definitely more to consider than . the US utilizes its power much more than any other country in the world. What I was getting at was that EU, German engineering and other US allies have as much or close to as much technological advancement as the US does (many US weapons & skills are are made in conjunction with & influenced by Europe & her allies) but we know when not to get involved & let things be, of course we're not perfect either. But Why is it that the US has such a bad reputation for making things worse? Why are most of US missions always partial successes (half assed jobs)? By default the strongest guy in the room is the ONLY guy in the room, the US. But I think Brazil, EU, & Russia alone are unsung heroes in this equation.
Now as for your history question. That isn't really fair, the US happens to be in the right time period at the right time. I have a minor in anthropology. Human culture has changed much in the last 300 years, specifically our abandonment of slavery and our more liberal & tolerant view on life such as women having more rights and more unification among countries. My country of Spain & possibly England, Rome & france were probably the greatest & most feared powers the world has ever known....however look at the time period they existed in. where slavery was ethical and the Spanish inquisition was considered cleansing. So yes once again by default, the US is the most ethical super power.Feb 9, 2013
- It should be an end of the so called comonism.Feb 9, 2013