First the good news, then the bad news. The good news = America is running out of money, so she won’t be able to financially support her money-worshipping, justice-denying children, any longer. The bad news = America hasn’t run out of money just yet, and her kids are going nuts, spending their money on oppression as much as possible before Judgment Day arrives.
Yes, America is going broke. Leaders are talking about a new budget in the coming year, a budget of austerity measures that could push the US into recession. America had a surplus when Bush Jr. started 10 years ago. He squandered the money on tax cuts to his rich buddies and on War(s) Inc. Obama doubled the trouble the US was in by bailing out the banks and other companies who, in a truly free capitalist system to which American conservatives verbally ascent to, should have been left to die. Now, it’s time to pay. Where will the money come from?
Well, for the nations, ethnic groups, religious communities, the poor, it must be a relief to know that the American Military and Economic Machine (AMEM) is about to grind to a halt. That means world politics will change drastically. Several bloodthirsty, poor-crushing regimes, and those who are less bloody but still sharing beds with the Americans, will no longer receive US money:
– Saudi Arabia
– South Korea
I predict that Taiwan will, in the not too distant future, rejoin Mainland China. South and North Korea will reunite. The Saudis will probably have a revolution and others will take over. And Israel? They’re screwed!
And when the Israeli government falls, don’t worry, it won’t trigger World War III nor the return of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). The “Rapture” won’t happen. The world won’t fall apart. Perhaps the Palestinians can get some of their land back. And their freedom.
But for now, as America and its allies, including my country of Canada with its stupid leaders, the Conservatives, are gasping their last breaths, we have to put up with this terrible news from the Middle East. We have to learn about the latest weapons being deployed in the latest hot spots such as Syria and Israel.
Let us protest this while we have a chance.
And prepare for the sinking of the American Titanic. The tsunami this causes may pull us all under.
Prepare well, my friends.
PS – I guess you could call me a “declinist”. I call myself a “realist”.
Hmmm . . . what’s Obama reading? The Post-American World, a non-fiction book by Indian American journalist Fareed Zakaria?
The final chapter outlines how the US has used its power and provides six guidelines for the US to follow in the ‘post-American world’ envisioned by Zakaria.
||Choose||Choose priorities rather than trying to have it all|
||Build broad rules, not narrow interests||Recommit to international institutions and mechanisms|
||Be Bismarck, not Britain||Maintain excellent relations with everyone, rather than offset and balance emerging powers|
||Order à la carte||Address problems through a variety of different structures (e.g. sometimes UN, sometimes NATO, sometimes OAS)|
||Think asymmetrically||Respond to problems (e.g. drug cartels, terrorists, etc.) proportionately and do not respond to bait (i.e. small attacks meant to draw attention)|
||Legitimacy is power||Legitimacy creates the means to set agendas, define crises, and mobilize support|
From Publishers Weekly: The Post-American WorldStarred Review. When a book proclaims that it is not about the decline of America but the rise of everyone else, readers might expect another diatribe about our dismal post-9/11 world. They are in for a pleasant surprise as Newsweek editor and popular pundit Zakaria (The Future of Freedom) delivers a stimulating, largely optimistic forecast of where the 21st century is heading. We are living in a peaceful era, he maintains; world violence peaked around 1990 and has plummeted to a record low. Burgeoning prosperity has spread to the developing world, raising standards of living in Brazil, India, China and Indonesia. Twenty years ago China discarded Soviet economics but not its politics, leading to a wildly effective, top-down, scorched-earth boom. Its political antithesis, India, also prospers while remaining a chaotic, inefficient democracy, as Indian elected officials are (generally) loathe to use the brutally efficient tactics that are the staple of Chinese governance. Paradoxically, India’s greatest asset is its relative stability in the region; its officials take an unruly population for granted, while dissent produces paranoia in Chinese leaders. Zakaria predicts that despite its record of recent blunders at home and abroad, America will stay strong, buoyed by a stellar educational system and the influx of young immigrants, who give the U.S. a more youthful demographic than Europe and much of Asia whose workers support an increasing population of unproductive elderly. A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum. (May)
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A military funeral for the almighty You Ess of Eh?