Karl Haushofer wrote:Russia should hit back with what? Russia's soft power and economic power are minimal compared to the United States.Firebird wrote:
I think Russia should hit back hard. Clearly Cold War 2 is now on.
The United States is like that good looking tall guy who can do no wrong. No matter what crimes he commits. One dashing smile and all is forgiven and forgotten. Russia is the opposite. No matter how hard Russia tries to be good it is still either hated or loathed.
The United States is in an enviable position. Surrounded and protected by oceans. The best climate in the world with abundant natural resources. The best agricultural land in the world. Talented and pretty hard working population. Steals the best brains from the rest of the world (including Russia) with immigration. Causes havoc and destruction to Eurasian continent while sucking wealth and money for itself.
It is not a fair world.
I think your view is very inaccurate and outdated.
America might have Britain, some of Europe and a few 3rd world shitholes as its bitches.
But America's own posn is much like Britain in the 1920s. An empire yes, but the reasons for the empire's existence has long since passed.
America had a last high pt in the 1990s. But now there is the EU, China, RUssia, India and various powerful blocs. Dollar hegemony cant last forever, it is ending. Most of the world is sick of its bullying. And Russia is putting its foot down, as indeed China, the EU etc will too.
Regardless of all that, it is truly hated around much of the World. And that includes much of Europe, Lat America and elsewhere.
America's middle class is disappearing. And most of America's immigrants are unskilled sweatshoppers. Its not that appealing to 1st worlders any more. (I almost moved years ago, but wouldnt dream of going to the US now).
What we have with the world cup is a scared America, trying every trick in the book. It cant fool all the EU that America and Europe's interests all convergence. Infact America got rich by causing shit for Europe. LOng term, America will just be "another successful country", with rich AND very poor. It will be like a much larger Australia, but any claims of hegemony will be long gone.
Russia could hit bacl with lots of things. But there is no need to with the EU. THe EU knows that it has much in common with Russia.
RUssia could sponsor unrest in America. It could release all the dirt it has on America - America's spying and terror on other states in the name of "anti terror". America's GMO devilry. It could even attack the US financial system which relies on stability in a way unlike any of Russia's industries. There is much it could do.
Basically America needs to grow up. Its the petulant child with an overinflated sense of "entitlement".
It has a place in the World. It is not THE World.