The Impending Decline of the USA As a World Power

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The Impending Decline of the USA As a World Power
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The Start

The Second World War ended in 1945 by the dropping of two Atomic Bombs on Japan. This feat itself needs scrutiny and is the start of the decline of the West. Japan, it has been conclusively proved was a defeated nation at the start of 1945, yet the USA thought it fit to Atom bomb Japan.

There is good reason to believe that the dropping of the bombs was a laboratory experiment to test the efficacy of the Atomic weapon. Japan was chosen for the experiment because it was an Asian nation. There was no question ever of dropping the bomb on Germany at all. Thus intricate planning went into the bombing of Japan and the targets Hiroshima and Nagasaki were spared the carpet bombing of other cities as they the US wanted them as guinea pigs for their nefarious experiment.

United States Thought Process

The bombing of Japan convinced the USA in its mind of two facts
a) Utter contempt for other powers and the belief that the USA and the West was invincible.
b) The thought process that whatever the USA did was right and all other opponents need to be destroyed.

The above two thought processes played havoc with US policy and dictated their involvement in conflicts all over the world, what the USA perceived were righteous wars. It started with the Korean war in 1950-53. The war was the first battle field where the USA could not ‘win’ in the conventional sense. So exasperated was General MacArthur the US Commander, that he advocated a nuclear attack on China. Thankfully he was dismissed and the USA accepted a cease-fire after 3 years of fighting without any tangible gains.

Battle Against Communism

The US think tank at that time perceived Communism as a bigger threat and made all attempts to destroy it. Thus the US entered in to the Vietnam war to halt communism and save the ‘free world’. At the height of the Vietnam war the US had over 600,000 troops on the ground with an incessant air bombardment by B-52 bombers on NorthVietnam as well.

The war lasted 11 years and at the end the US was more exhausted than its opponents. Thousands of US service men died in a pointless conflict. The communists led by Ho Chi Minh played their cards adroitly and portrayed the US as an imperialist power and atrocities on the ground like the Mai Lai massacre and carpet bombing of entire villages did not help the US cause.

In retrospect it is established that US arms suffered a colossal defeat the like of which they had never seen. It took away the halo of an omnipotent super power and more important started the drain on US economy that has led to its near bankruptcy now.

Military Pacts

The US learn’t nothing from the Korean war or the Vietnam war and decided that the Soviet union must be destroyed and thus set up a string of military pacts all around the Soviet Union. Thus the Baghdad Pact, SEATO, CENTO and NATO came up. The important point here is that the USA poured in billions of dollars of worth of arms and ammo in these pacts.

They also made no attempt to verify the nations, their rulers and types of people who joined them. With a one point focus of Russia they backed Islamic groups, Dictators and tyrants, not knowing what they were doing. Thus in Afghanistan they backed the mujaheddin and supported obscurantist regimes like Saudi Arabia. They also went the entire mile in supporting dictators like the Shah of Iran, Mubarak and a host of despotic rulers.

More important they poured billions of dollars into the coffers of these regimes, draining the US economy. A little prudence would have shown them that Soviet Russia was on the verge of collapse and the watch word should have been caution.

Wars and Wrong Appreciations

The US now launched a war in Iraq. Much has been written on this war. Suffice it to say that it was a Pyrrhic victory and the war itself served no purpose. After 9 years and deaths of thousands of US soldiers the US is back to square one. Iraq is ripe for an Islamic take over and the USA will be enemy number one.

The US also failed to recognize the inherent danger of a resurgent Islam, which considered the ‘decadent’ west an arch enemy. The war in Afghanistan is now on for 10 years and the US is weary of it. The Islamic parties are holding the upper hand and sooner than later the US will retreat from Afghanistan.

This situation is of the US own creation. They supported Pakistan for 6 decades and poured in billions and yet Pakistan supports the Haqqani faction of the Taliban. The US can only grind its teeth. The US and the west have a propensity to act without much thought like in Libya.

Here the going of Gaddafi will ultimately lead to an Islamic spring and the West will just rub their hands. Thus wrong wars, wrong appreciations, wrong assessments have all contributed to the decline of the US economy.

The result is very disheartening as the Chinese are sitting pretty and own 1/3 of the US economy. The US has shot itself in the foot. Obama has a lot to do.

It has never been very easy for our troops who are abroad to keep in touch with their loved ones and friends back home. During the American Revolution and the Civil War, the only way for troops to communicate was via letters, which could take weeks to be delivered and months to get a response. Today, people support the troops now more than ever in their constant fight to keep the United States a safe place.

This article discusses how technology has helped troops who are abroad communicate with their loved ones and how companies and normal citizens are helping support the men and women in the armed forces who are abroad by sending military gifts or by giving away military decals for people to place on their cars.

Between the Civil War and World War I, the telephone was invented. So, during World War I some soldiers were able to talk to their loved ones, although it was very rare, via the telephone while they were abroad. Also, people still wrote letters during this time, so letters were still the most common form of communication between the troops and their loved ones.

Many times, the post office would try to expedite letters from the troop’s home to their families. Not much changed during World War II through the Vietnam War. People were still only able to use letters and sometimes the telephone on a regular basis to speak with family.

During the Persian Gulf War, telephones were much more readily available and cell phones were right on the cusp of being introduced to the public.

Today, it can still be challenge, but it is much easier for members of the armed forces to keep in touch with friends and family. Between cell phones and the Internet, there are a various options available. Video chats are available on the Internet, usually at discounted rates or for free for the troops. Many cell phone companies give discounts to people who are in the armed forces.

Finally, there is now email and instant messenger instead of hand-written letters. Receiving email takes a few minutes versus letters, which used to take maybe weeks or months to see. Of course, instant messenger is even faster, since you can just talk to the person via the Internet without the use of a phone.

Because it is easier to keep in touch with the armed forces, private companies and citizens often hold fundraisers in order to raise money to send various specialty food items to the men and women in our armed services. For example, companies sent big screen televisions for the soldiers to watch the Super Bowl and provided beer and pizza for them to enjoy while watching the game.

For Thanksgiving, many people donated money to purchase turkeys and all the traditional side dishes to send to our armed forces stationed overseas. Things that the troops miss from the United States are often sent, along with letters of thanks and praise. It is important to give respect to our troops, since everyday they work hard to defend the United States and keep Americans safe from harm.

Pakistan became free on 14 August 47. It was a tortuous creation with murder and blood shed in the background. There were mass scale massacres and entire populations migrated from and to Pakistan. The creation of Pakistan on the two nation theory gave no respite to the Moslems who felt like Jinnah that they had been given a moth eaten state. Pakistan thus started on a one point plan to counter a larger India.

It started by joining the United States Military pacts. The US was told that it would be part of the grand American plan to fight Communism. But in reality it received arms to equip its armed forces against India. This was the start of the US association with Pakistan and is well nigh almost 6 decades old.

Over the years the United States and successive Presidents treated Pakistan with kid gloves. Massive aid including Military aid was poured into Pakistan as the USA felt it was a reliable ally. But over a period of time the geo political situation changed and India emerged the dominant power as well as the better economic prospect. Pakistan got mired down in religious frenzy and obscurantism. It started terrorist training camps and over the entire Mullah began to dominate the ethos of Pakistan.

The United States by virtue of its close relationship with Pakistan tried to support moderate leaders like Benazir Bhutto. But she was murdered and the USA had no choice but to do business with the military leadership. The war in Afghanistan is now the major factor governing US and Pakistan ties. The USA expects Pakistan to go all out against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, many of whom have sanctuary in the border areas of Pakistan. For this purpose millions of dollars of aid and weapons are being pooured into Pakistan.

The USA is now faced with a Hobson’s choice, it has realized that Pakistan is a global terror nation, but it cannot bell the cat as it is involved in Afghanistan in a no win situation and needs Pakistan to help it out. In addition there is the element of fear that that the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan does not fall into the hands of terrorists who consider the United States the great Satan.

What can the USA do in such a situation? The choice is difficult as the USA has got caught in a bind, but the USA will have to realize that to stop terror all over the world the State of Pakistan must be dealt with first. It is a difficult decision, but perhaps in the years to come this may be the only option available.

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