Yup, but it would have to happen very subtly. All Canadian born
citizens have considered that possibility at one time or another and
I'm sure there are a number of catalysts (water, oil, etc) to cause
exactly that to happen. However, despite the US being the world's only
existing superpower, I wonder how well it would eventually fare if the
rest of the world was arrayed against it.
Tradewise most countries would rebel. And even if forced to agree to
commerce and despite worrying about the same thing happening to them,
there would still be a lot of underground resistance and withholding
Militarily, most countries couldn't do very much when it comes to
resistance. But even if military world domination was accomplished,
regional US governors with troops to maintain the status quo would
spread the US military extremely thin. It's just not a very realistic
scenario for the USA to survive comfortably. That's the way I see it
with my limited knowledge.
Yeah, yeah, I know. That should be extremely limited knowledge or
maybe even complete lack of knowledge.
Quite well. The United States Coast Guard is larger, in ships and manpower,
that all of the rest of the world's navies. Combined.
I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than
ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.
IMO, the big takeover to come will not be a military action, rather an
economic one. What if a dictator in China suddenly declared "no exports to
the US". They could take over Wal Mart and control a big chunk of the US
You think so?
The US coast guard, the smallest of the five US armed services, lists itself
at around 47,000 strong.
The Chinese navy alone has more personnel than that (250,000 and growing.)
It has twice as many submarines as the US navy and predicted by some to
outstrip the size of the US navy in total by 2015.
Robert Gates has expressed concerns that the US is in danger of being
outstripped by China as a naval force in the Pacific in the near future.
In 1803, Napoleon supposedly said "Let China Sleep, for when the Dragon
awakes, she will shake the world." I believe we are going to find out he
The kind of number that idiot civilians like to throw around. Coast Guard
ships have neither the speed nor the armament to deal with purpose-made
warships. They can't run away, they can't close the range, and their
weapons are outranged, so all they can do is sit there and take hits. And
that's the ones that _have_ weapons. More than half of that number is buoy
tenders and tugs and other classes that were never intended to get in a
The Coast Guard is superb at what they do, but what they do is not fight
Well, now, let's see, after those navies have wiped out New York, Los
Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Phoenix they're at your 20
million, and they still have over 1400 warheads to use up, that they can put
_anywhere_ in the US.
Oh, and between them the British, German, and French navies have the Coast
Guard nicely outnumbered, and that's just counting British, German, and
French combatant warships against _everything_ that the Coast Guard has
that's longer than 65 feet.
Really, you're coming across as a clueless jingoist here.
You're again correct. My apology and excuse were woefully insufficient.
Obviously an act of contrition is demanded.
I will, therefore, sit in the corner for an hour and feel shame.
I hope that will prove sufficient to regain your esteem.
Then you're opening the door to being attacked at some time in the
future with those very weapons you helped them build. Not very likely.
Tools that enable other countries to "visit" the USA in person I
suspect would be considered serious taboo.
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