Huggybear says: those countries can give us the middle finger should they desire
I don't believe that they do desire to giv the finger, even if they would like too, I'm just being realistic, that the USA doesn't have the clout, that it did have, any longer.
This Iraqi war is costing the tax payers a heafty chunk of hard earned cash, While a chosen few are lining their own pockets.
Ask Tim Spicer and the other 20,000 mecenaries, it's a little like history and private armies repeating itself over again, when the higher echelons (Aristocrats and nobles) need to top up, their coffers, they know how to go about it.
I believe the minimum is 200 pounds a day with these security groups, at the lowest risk jobs, and 500 a day, for protection. This is not small change. the war is expecting to cost 300 billion if i'm not wrong, and its, not the USA or UK army drawing the money.
Wars are big business, where wealth can be reaped, and arms deals concluded
1) need money
(2) are invaded by a neighboring country and need help
(3) need advanced technology to advance their own industry when they open their market to discover that their protected state industry is hugely inefficient and corrupt
I think the Asians would prefer to remain Asian, So the impact of America will never be so great.
What the world have seen, is the world super power, with all its technology and wealth dwindle into nothing more than a bully, that can't even conclude what they set out to do.
Iran is mocking the states on the wide open stage! Taiwan don't trust the americans, especially George Bush, and they are squeezed into purchasing defence weapons, at unrealistic prices.
I think Taiwan, no that the USA would sell them down the river, to get well into Chine. In fact I was reading a document on the internet classified Top Secret two years ago, on Bushs adminstration plans, where he is quoted of doing a deal, with mainland China. The USA will let China take Taiwan, if the USA are allowed to take out North Korea. yes it's got to be far fetched, I'll try to search the link out, it makes for interesting reading.
The UK is getting more like the USA everyday, with the crime and guns, it's almost a country out of control, were criminals are allowed to do what they want, because the police are afraid of human rights, There's even a video on the BBC today of a guy, that was jailed, for sorting out some anti social yob, after he caught him, he was going to report him to the police.
The young lad begged him not too, then went to the police himself, and accused the guy of kidnapping, he was sent to prison for 4 months.
Personally I left my home city, because i was ready to eliminate a few of the problems myself, vermin like cockroaches, that just keep breeding for the NH payout.
One gets tired of bricks through the windows every other day, and the police do nothing to protect.
I'm sorry about the 3rd world and that is the UK to me, the worst I have ever seen it, in my life time, although you have to live in it, to really get the message. More than half of UK, is blind to it, just like the US is with the ghettos.
No I'm afraid the west is on a down hill run, sold out in many Countries, UK is nothing but political organised chaos, nothing functions how it should. and the worst is, for the last 25 years, all the terrorists came through the refugee system to all Countries.
But no one would listen when it was happening. The leaders of the Refugee council were the worsed, naive and inexperienced idiots, not street wise at all!
My opinion if the USA are going to save face, they are going to have to take Irans nuclear reactors out! Becuase if any of these grps get their hands on the big bang, you know its going to be in the USA & UK.
Indonesia is high risk everything, the demographics, natural disasters and the corruption is against it.
Although USA and UK are Corrupt also, in many ways, So not as transparent as one would really like.
The enron case and all the others are not even the tip of the ice berg of what actually does go on, also in the financial markets, Stock analyst, banks, doctors and medicine, all profiteering illegally.
One of the biggest scandals of all is the European Parliment, were Euro MP's claim their expenses for being at meetings, although they get others to sign them in and out, its been going on for years Corruption everywhere you go!
And even human right abuses, the USA & UK have the hard face to accuse China, all propaganda and media tactics, one can never get to the truth these days.
Although you may think I'm pessimistic and complaining, although quite the opposite, I'm very optimistic and very street wise, with a vast utilisation of my survival skills, my money works for me, not the banks, although I do get cheated occasionally, from those type of businesses, that list on the market, because they cannot get rid of their businesses anyother way.
This is what we have to live with in society today.
God Bless America & the Shepherds taking their pound of meat in the UK. The poor sheep still watching the footie! Christ I really do believe the work force literacy standards have gone down, every second word is FCUK where I come from.
Would you believe Tony Blair only wanted a 1,000 pound for a Knighthood, the cheap skate. I told him we can buy them from China for half that price, Christ he says, are they copying them too! The labour party must be short of cash!
Can you suss out I'm not a political person? I'm on the verge of anarchy, been there ever since i popped out, my mum said!