It is essential to understand that our only deterrent against war was the strength of the American economy, which everyone relied on to sell products.
I hope they teach kids this obvious fact elsewhere too, I know they do in Canada – I am impressed with the level of thinking that goes into education here, it’s really that good.
Germany exports 50% of what they make, a totally misguided national policy. China is not even remotely able to absorb internally what they produce. There are more exporting countries I can name which are doomed to failure. And they will fail.
It’s the paying customer that saves the world, always.
And it’s us here, but we will buy local, no issue.
America’s engagement in the world trade is only about 10% of the GDP, so really nothing.
If we choose a reset, the MAGA (making America great again), which I think we’ve already did, a number of countries will go into tailspin, as in the toilet, direction down.
Make no mistake – this is what the Trump controversy is all about, the rest is just blubbering.
China, South Korea and Japan get most of their energy supplies through the Hormuz Strait (two miles waterway in each direction plus two miles buffer in the middle). Iran is on the other side, aggressive and hungry for power. And you know what? You can’t beat the Persians, their geography makes war in Afghanistan look like a walk in the park.
Obviously the Iranians know that.
It takes all of US 5th fleet stationed in Bahrain to keep the Strait open, a huge amount of firepower unmatched by the rest of the world’s navy combined, but it takes only one destroyer to shut the passage down if the Americans leave. And they’re leaving.
At about $20 dollars per barrel of oil, the budgets in the Middle East are getting busted, the Saudis budgeted $100 from here to eternity. They have many princess’s to pay off.
You don’t hear about them much, no? You know what happens when children in the next room are quiet for too long.
And how come Putin is not being blamed for Covid-19? He used to be the pouching bag for whatever goes wrong in the world. How did he manage to dodge that one?
A disease that has 10% fatality rate of a regular flu has shut down the worlds’ economy and it will take years to recover.
And where is Geneva’s WHO in all of this? Weren’t they supposed to be the health organization? Worldwide, no less.
Or are they the definition of “asleep at the wheel”.
They’re actually privately sponsored, not a government organization. Dig into that one at your own risk.
I will be 51 tomorrow, the time just flew by.
Here is Bob Dylan again:
“There must be some way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.”
And now the hour is getting late.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler