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Old 04-27-2019, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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Aside from countries who are very dependent on American aid, the world will be just fine, maybe even better if this catastrophic event greatly reduced the USA's military power. I am amused by the arrogance of some Americans that think the world would cease to exist without them running it.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:03 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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Aside from countries who are very dependent on American aid, the world will be just fine, maybe even better if this catastrophic event greatly reduced the USA's military power. I am amused by the arrogance of some Americans that think the world would cease to exist without them running it.
To the contrary under previous administrations starting, really, with FDR's Lend-Lease and continuing with Truman's Marshall Plan and beyond, the U.S. has been throwing a party where we asked for nothing in return for largesse.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:41 PM
 
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Aside from countries who are very dependent on American aid, the world will be just fine, maybe even better if this catastrophic event greatly reduced the USA's military power. I am amused by the arrogance of some Americans that think the world would cease to exist without them running it.
I don't find that arrogant at all. One doesn't need to be American (I'm not) to understand how pivotal the US is to global affairs.

Just consider the online infrastructure and how dependent most economies and individuals for that matter are on it. The 4 tech giants (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon) hold a near monopoly over IT, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Most people rely on American products and services in their daily lives, even those coming from nations with poor diplomatic ties with the US. Pretending otherwise is simply dishonest.

The world would not cease to exist, but there would be a catastrophe that would need to be resolved.
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Old 05-06-2019, 01:37 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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If the US collapses there would be mass starvation in the developed world due to the absence of the dollar that pays for the US Navy that keeps the sea lanes open. Then WWIII. Good luck.
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