How did the US become a SUPERPOWER?
While I´m waiting for my mate to return from the ATM, let me tell you a few 'truths'. Many of you cited WWll as the start of your 'Empire'. The truth is you sat on the sidelines waiting to embrace the winner, and were forced, kicking and screaming, into the fight. If Pearl Harbour hadn't happened, you would NEVER have entered the war. You guys were too obsessed with becoming rich, to worry about your 'kin' across the pool. We look back on this and ask ourselves, can we trust these people? You stuck your noses into the Suez Canal 'crisis', thereby undermining the British and French, for your own selfish interests. Need I go on? You as a nation, are disliked throughout the world for reasons like these. You change allegiances faster than a mother changes the diapers of a baby with diarrhoea. And don't tell me to take American History classes, I probably know more about the history of America than the majority of you.
Has the end of the era of the ultra-dominant global superpowers begun?
Probably not. So long as there is trade by sea, it will be necessary for someone to keep the sea lanes open and suppress piracy by criminals and rogue states. The reason the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese all had large and active navies in the Age of Sail was to ensure that their trade with their colonies was safe. Today we don’t have colonies, but we still are heavily dependent on sea trade, most of all for oil. One of the major operations of the US Navy is ensuring that Iran does not close the Straits of Hormuz and choke off the oil supply from the Persian Gulf.Superpower status is all about command of the sea. Unless we either abandon sea trade (not likely) or get reliable world peace (also not likely), that’s going to continue to be an issue.
What are 5 events that led to the US becoming a superpower?
1920’s Economic BoomThe massive economic rise of the US in the aftermath of WWI established the US as an economic powerhouse capable of mass production. This would come into handy in WWII where American Industry would produce massive amounts of supplies for Allied efforts.WWIIIt destroyed most of the developed world, leaving the US the sole power that was truly unharmed. This led to vast economic advancement in industry, financials, and global influence. WWII was also the reason the US developed nuclear weapons in the first place.Instituting the Marshall PlanA huge spending project that helped the US rebuild Europe. Due to this, Western Europe developed incredibly fast and gave the US massive amounts of direct economic influence over the developed world.Creation of NATOThis helped the US build diplomatic and military ties. It intertwined the US into affairs all over the world and helped the US build one of the most powerful defense networks.Fall of the USSRThe collapse of America’s rival opened the door globally for US influence. Everywhere from Eastern Europe, to central Asia, to the Pacific. US economic power, military influence, and culture was allowed unilateral expansion over the world virtually unchallenged. At this point, no nation existed that could even begin to challenge the US.This is a quick list I came up with. Feel free to suggest changes. I always appreciate good critical feedback.
Would modern-day small countries be able to defeat the superpowers of WWII?
The question is how small is small:If it is one of the top 10 smallest country i.e. Grenada or smaller , putting all in, and overestimating a bit, that is aboutpopulation of about 110000 so 30000 combat ready personnelGrenada has a GDP of 1.5 billion dollars.20 fighter aircraft with ammunitions, (This is the most they could buy if they wanted to, now they have some military treaties)5 ships20–30 tanks (They also need food water electricity etc.) .I am assuming that the technology is available for free and they do not have to invest on any development. I am also assuming that they are not getting logistical or material support from any other country.Let us assume, they want to take on USA of 1942. As they are the closest super power.USA had about 4 million enlisted men/women.800 submarines/destroyers/frigates etc.25000 combat aircraft22000 support aircraftGDP of 166 billion dollarsApprox. 5000 tanksI think beating USA would be difficult… no scratch that. . Impossible.
Will the rise of Donald Trump mean a new era of segregation here in America or worse?
Trump's appeal has a lot to do with a legacy of suspicion and fear prominent in US politics since its inception. The xenophobia and hysteria stoked by his campaign parrot prominent fixtures of mainstream media outlets (Faux News and others) and legitimise those views held by Americans eager to vilify an external target for their misfortunes. It is a collective myopia that fails to disentangle the economic and political marginalisation that many Americans feel today from the policies that landed us in this predicament in the first place.The rise of Trump can be connected to the rise of fear in the post-9/11 era. The neo-conservative forces driving US politics at the turn of the millennium were eager to project American power across the world and to reassure the domestic populace of the two notions that the country was under an immediate threat from outside forces, but also that the best way to counter this threat was through foreign military intervention and domestic vigilance - ceding civil liberties in the name of security. As the narratives surrounding these issues began to unravel, many Americans reconsidered their support for policies that eventually harmed American interests domestically and abroad, but many other Americans retrenched their beliefs that America as the world's superpower occupies by necessity a privileged place globally and that the maintenance of this status of right ought to be a key goal for the next administration.Donald Trump is savvy enough to exploit the cognitive dissonance of American xenophobes, a dissonant xenophobia abetted largely by the aforementioned media. Ironically, this media despises him and his campaign, even though they can't seem to get enough of him. In this view, he hasn't by himself instigated the age of fear we live in now - he is just holding a giant, bloviating mirror up to the public discourse. We can choose to use this as an opportunity for self-reflection, or double down on the same hysteria and rage that got us here.