Will collapse be allowed?

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Warren Davies

Many articles about an economic collapse in the USA say that eventually the military presence abroad will be reduced, and that a weakening economy will lead to a weakened military.

But why? What's to stop the government going into countries and taking the resources they need by force? In the meantime, they can magically invent some money, add on a few zeros here and there to pay their troops until the job's done and the resources are acquired.

At the moment, no one tries to stop the USA when they go to war and/or pretends they believe the official reasons they give for going. Will a country so focused on being "Number 1" and "Winning" really allow themselves to be number 2?

Thursday 21 July 2011 02:09:29 pm

Dmitry Orlov

This is a pleasantly easy answer: it won't work, that's why. Every time the US military blunders into a resource-rich country, that country ends not quite so rich. The US military is incapable of victory, only of blowing things up. Also, it can't function without an intact civilian economy because of all the functions it outsources. Printing money is all fine, but printed money is not too useful for securing imports, and the US needs lots of imports to keep the economy going. So, none of what you propose would work. Still, they might try it, and it would be painful, and not just to watch.

Thursday 21 July 2011 02:25:22 pm

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