ATLASCUB wrote:Hole wrote:To overreact every time (like murica) is not a show of strength but of weakness. Countries that do that (only western ones) have to pretend that they are strong, mostly to keep the own population at bay, but what we´ve seen in the last 20 years (Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Syria…) showed the whole world their real strength.
But America doesn't overreact all the time. Case in point dragging its feet on sanctions for Turkey right now. They know, for the most part, and they can be wrong sometimes, when they need to dance, and when they need to show strength and force. You don't become a global empire by being stupid, you become so by your main competitors being abject failure in their ability to out compete you - namely, the Russians, and Chinese (so far).
So that's a nice talking point you got there... except it's rubbish. All the countries you mentioned are fractured shit holes, sent back to the stone age as a result of Western intervention. They're an example of what happens when you cross them, or merely happen to be in the wrong camp. Every other consideration about the failure of some political objectives etc is minor bickering and feel-good about stories for the losers. It's not the Americans who lose hundred of thousands, or millions of its people, it's industry, infrastructure, economy, military, stability, facing the hardships of war, and complete generations lost etc. It's the target countries. There is nothing to feel good about. You can ask them if America is weak.
One thing is to claim that the exercise of power in such manner is wrong, or not the right approach (and that is a perfect opinion to have), another thing entirely is to correlate that to weakness trying to sound like Chinese sage Sun Tzu.
The very same Chinese btw who are finding out now that they need real allies (and in this regard they're outgunned). The very same who, not long ago were making back handed comments of Russia (in diplomatic circles with regards to U.S power plays against Russia). Now they're dousing themselves with bitter pills as the Americans/Brits turn Hong Kong into a mini-rebellion, and call bluff and sign military deals to buff up Taiwan. For a nation who puts such a high regard on not being embarrassed, they're getting a taste of reality.
The talking points sound and look great on paper. Reality is another thing.
The greatest weapon these old nations have against the Anglo empire will continue to be the endemic corruption within the empire - self greed and rot - which the Americans can't simply flip a switch to solve as they continually find out. Definitely not cause they're outsmarted on the global stage - when the balance is due, it's the other way around.
A realistic person, good for you.