October 9, 2007

A World without America … since 2001

Let us, for just a few moments, imagine that as of January 1, 2001 the United States of America was, for whatever reason, no more.

Gone are U.S. leadership, economic power, and its force of arms, diplomatic influence, global balance of power and (often-unappreciated) generosity.

►Now many have come to loathe America’s assumed position as global police officer, but whether one likes it or not, this inherited function plays an imperative and pivotal role in upholding the international order and predictable permanence of nations. For example, without the U.S. assuming the role of “cop”, India and Pakistan may well have provided us with history’s first nuclear exchange or in the least, come menacingly close.

►Al Qaeda members would have swelled in numbers, especially in Afghanistan and embarked on an unsolicited mission, exerting influence from "Europe all the way to South East Asia.

►China would either haven taken, or be well advanced in planning to take Taiwan consequentially compelling Japan to enter the nuclear club.

►The two Korea’s may have fought a new war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

►Russia’s resurgence would see it eye off its, ‘near abroad’ neighbours.

►Sudan would not have a peace agreement.

►Freedom of the oceans and seas for commerce would be lost – something America provides free of charge.

►North Korea would be nuclear and Libya may not have turned friendly.

►Over 20% of the U.N’s funding would have vanished including most of the world’s food program; an arrangement one that feeds tens of millions.

►Gone too, would be nearly 20% of UNICEF’s costs to ‘feed, vaccinate, educate and protect children in’ nearly 160 countries as well as $28 billion in foreign aid, an amount that more than doubles that of the next highest donor, Japan.

►The U.N. High Commission for Refugees would have lost over 30% of its funding, putting at risk its assistance program to nearly 20 million ‘refugees across the globe’.

►The spread of aids would have been endemic with the world's largest commitment for relief ($15 billion) no longer available.

►The U.S. is the global ATM ‘providing 17 percent of the International Monetary Fund's resources for nations in fiscal crisis, and funding 13 percent of World Bank programs that dole out billions in development assistance to needy countries’.

►We would have also missed-out on 40 percent of the world's budget on R&D, driving innovation in areas like information technology, defense and medicine.

A few points the hordes of anti – Americans should at least mull over before shouting ‘Death to America’ or ‘America go home’. So never-mind the unprecedented achievements and contributions of the past century instead, lets reflect on and consider, the picture of achievement and contribution formed over the past seven (7) or so years – since 1/1/2001.

The U.S. may not be perfect but Lord knows, we need a strong and caring America, we need a leading economic engine and its ‘public goods’.

Now there will be some, who may accuse me of knowledgeable ignorance arguing that in absolute terms, as a percentage of GDP, America is down the table in terms of aid. This is true, but figures are figures, impressive in this case and should not to be downplayed; they are far from superfluous.

Incidentally, a poll released earlier this year showed that the world public rejects the U.S. role as a world leader, but still wants the United States to do its share in multilateral efforts and does not support a U.S. withdrawal from international affairs.

So there you have it friends, if you know of any America basher's, haters, cynics and detractors perhaps you can refer them to this post.

Adapted from an article by
Peter Brookes in RealClearPolitics, “A World without America”.

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Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

This is a remarkable post that is spot on. As a Marine I can attest to the fact that there are many peoples and countries who aren't very happy with the U.S., except when the ships make liberty calls there to spend money. Oh, and of course they value our warriors when they find themselves in hot water. There is a reason that Marines call themselves the world's 911 service.

These are points that most would not recognize on their own. Might I add a couple of more?

1) There would have been untold numbers of additional deaths after the Tsunamis a couple of years ago. American navy ships were the first to arrive and offfer aid and food and medical care.

2) Isral would possibly have been over run by a coalition of Arab states, resulting in the virtual eradication of a people and the possible use of nuclear weapons.

3) There would be no counter to the rise of Chavez and communism in South America.

There are others and I will think of them as soon as I click Publish, but so be it.

Thanks for a great post.

American Interests said...

Robert (conservative commentary)

You have added three (3) very worthy additional points that I overlooked. Perhaps you should have delayed pressing that publish button until more materialized.

Take care Robert, and many thanks for coming by.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Excellent post and well researched, I would add only this.

Other thna the world situations one must not forget the tremendous technoligical advances that have come to thw world stage since 2001 that found their birth in the US.

Also the US leads the world in medicine and pharmicutical advances which have found considerable advances since 2001.

And never forget tha Saddam Hussein would still be around!

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

BTW please forgive the spelling. I am a slave to spell checker! LOL

David Schantz said...

Great post and comments! I'd never thought about a world without the United States.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

heidianne jackson said...

another wonderful post, otto. thanks for doing this research. and great adds y'all others!

American Interests said...

The Lib Lie Conserv truth: Thanks for the added suggestions and spell checkers are useful for all of us!

David Schantz: Thanks for visiting again.

Heidianne: No worries glad you found informative. Always appreciate your coming by ...

Tapline said...

Ai,Good post.....And it is as you say...They hate America, but they love our money. I say if we want to change foreign policy.hold the money....They will come aroound to our way of thinking...Quite fast.. In some instances we pay to give. I remember going into a storehouse overseas and seeing tons of hands across the sea. care packges. there stack upon stack...I asked why they hadn't been distributed and was told America hadn't paid the import tax on them yet.....nough said....I ramble...stay well

WomanHonorThyself said...

absolutely brilliant analysis my friend!..Keep up the good fight..the facts are irrefutable are the not!:)

Flag Gazer said...

Wonderfully done!

American Interests said...

Tapline: Thanks for coming! I will be over to your blog soon to comment on "exercises to maintain competence".

womanhthyself: Hi angel, always pleasing to you amongst the commentary!

Flag Gazer: Glad you liked. That's a swell blog you have there!

Karen said...

Great post, Otto. As a proud American I know the state of the world if my country wasn't there leading the good fight and helping the world. To whom much is given, much is expected.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. You are welcome any time.

John J. Kaiser said...


Flag Gazer said...

I wonder what language would be the language of business and trade without America?

Stogie said...

It is good to know America has friends like you, Otto. The demise of America would be a tragedy, not only for Americans, but for freedom-loving people everywhere.

Goat said...

Thanks mate, good to see our friends in Australia speak so well of us, great post, Otto.

TRUTH-PAIN said...

The following was a broadcast by noted Canadian Gordon Sinclair back in 1971. The facts may be dated somewhat,... but tell me the body of the speech does not hold true, even today...

Topic: "The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Misssissippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.

When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times ... and safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.

I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-over… has taken it all and nobody...but nobody... has helped.

heidianne jackson said...

t-p, thanks for sharing that broadcast transcript. it is sobering how much we do and how little it is appreciated. i believe that we will once again come out of this thing with our flag flying high. how invigorating the truth can be!

Paul Champagne said...

One thing that should not be over-looked when we try to figure out American foreign aid as a percentage of GDP ... the individual American citizen gives more than his counterparts in other parts of the world. A fine example of that was for tsunami relief.

American Interests said...

A sincere thanks to ALL for engaging this blog...:)

It's such thoughtful comments that help drive the endevour...

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

T-P, excellent reference there. It may be dated, but it is even more true today.

The one thing that Otto's list is missing - only due to logic and not his negligence or rapier-like intelligence - is the negatives. You can't prove a negative, nor can we list all of the evil deeds and wars and inhumaity that DID NOT happen because of a U.S. Navy task force steaming close by.

Colin Powell said: "Lying offshore, ready to act, the presence of ships and Marines sometimes means much more than just having air power or ship's fire, when it comes to deterring a crisis. And the ships and Marines may not have to do anything but lie offshore. It is hard to lie offshore with a C-141 or C-130 full of airborne troops.”

The point he makes is that American power, projected efficiently, prevents things from going wrong.

Sun Tzu said that the most effective weapon is the one that is never used.

American Interests said...

Very sound comments Robert, you made an excellent point! Thanks for visiting...

And onde again thanks Truth Pain for the, most relevent reference ...