20th March 2005 - 12:31 AM
"Not only that but asia likes europe better"
Not sure someone who talks of "Asia" and "Europe" as single entities should really be preaching about international relations.
Perhaps all empires fall, but America is not an empire - at least not in the traditional sense. When empires "fall" they lose their influence, they fall apart, they lose holdings, wealth, their fundamentals. There is no remote comparison between empires of the past and the United States today.
Past "empires" had small domestic populations, and vast submissive external populations paying tribute and materiel, held in check by military power that cost the central power significant portions of its economy, and which lost their wealth by giving it over to the central power. The global economy was little more than a static pie. When my share got bigger, your share got smaller.
Today the US has a vast internal population, one that will continue to balloon as the population of Europe shrinks. The US spends a tiny portion of its GDP on its military. The US is enriched by its trading partners; when their slice gets bigger, our slice gets bigger as well. Witness trade with, say, the EU or Canada, each of which has become wealthy and affluent post-WW2 and which has benefitted our economy enourmously.
<i>Bush has denied EU army increases, read it in the papers.</i>
1. Bush has "denied" no such thing.
2. There is no "EU army," there was the Rapid Reaction Force (which was abandoned because the EU does not have the money or equipment to maintain a 60,000-strong force capable of multi-month deploymeny). Now there will be fast-response battalions of a few thousand troops each, capable of being deployed for several weeks at a time. This is what the EU has money for, not what America "permits."
Right, americas not an empire?http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=Empire
Bush hasnt denied EU increases?
Ugh il scan the newspaper if that will make you happy, i just hope i havent thrown it away
I dont think i have.
As to an EU army-I dont know much about politics, i find it in my personal opinion to be a useless subject to discuss considering everyone who fights about it is usually biased and talks crap and has propaganda everywhere, someone who wants to run a country ANYONE and i mean ANYONE has some form of megalomania, there have been VERY few politicians who really want to help the community.
And as Matt said i wasnt talking about the cold war i was talking about america being competative, i never mentioned the cold war, i just used russia as a (i do believe i said "classic" example, not common many timed example)
Youre one of them american lovers, dont get me wrong i like america, but its people like you who try to make it PERFECT, no country is perfect, because theyre run by humans, and very few humans are truly worthy or properly fairly capable of running a country.
Why do you think Bush is trying to befriend countries like turkey etc? BECAUSE THEY GET ON WELL WITH ASIA(to help with the Iraq war), ASIA HATES AMERICA, and considering your country dumped enough napalm on the place to kill more than WW1 and WW2 casualities put together (as long as all targets contained people) most probably they have a damn good reason to do so.
I dont think i should talk much about international relations either-as i said i dont really like politicis, it is full of fiction and propaganga, but i know enough to make a point, and i never make a point if i dont have an example to back it up...thats just suicide to make statements without examples, Now i know ive given turkey as an example, please dont get confused like you did with the russian thing and say how "oh so americas been trying to befriend turkey every day of the week eh?"
Its happening now
from what i know its only happened once, maybe twice if you count the original iraq war