What makes you think that I'm proposing that these nations' aims are: (1) to take OVER the world (wait, unless you think USA is the world), (2) take OVER USA?
Neither are what I said. These nations are going to be key players of when/how our present day Rome falls, and inevitably it shall fall. Tin foil prediction or not.
Because we're all in economic instability, as a global nation (did you get the memo of our present economic crisis?), some of these nations are smart enough to bide their time (I think I mentioned this already). And, smart enough to play nice with the USA because it suits their present goals.
Russia hasn't even begun yet. It's stirring the pot, making the noise....it has yet to cease the opportunity. Aren't you Putin?Russia and the Middle East are not "staying silent" and "buying their time" or whatever. Russia had serious beef with America since the time of the October revolution, and the US servicemen have been wiping their boots on the Middle Eastern soil for centuries (check out the first verse of the Marine Corps hymn).
There's a difference between Western culture being 'revered' by the masses and, a political stance. Unless you think Britney Spears should like, totally, run for President. Japan will screw over USA if/when USA starts to tumble.Japan has reverence for the United States on many levels: cultural, economic, and of course, the respect for our military. We were the only country who has successfully defeated Japan and invaded their soil, and after that we brought them back to their feet and helped them become the second biggest economy in the world. If you ever been to Japan you would see that their respect for America is as strong as their disdain for China and North Korea. Now of course, that doesn't mean they will not do whatever it is best in their interest, but the idea of Japan being on top of the list of anti-US countries is just absurd.
The bold, um...is there any global players who WON'T theoretically want to exercise that? I don't understand how it's particular to China.China - greed rules China more than communist idealism. They will do whatever it is that is most profitable to them, especially if it is paying off in the short term. They have no interest in "proletariat world revolution" from the times of Mao, not anymore. They are our competitor for resources, nothing less, nothing more. Of course that doesn't make them friendly in any way, but then again, the Chinese will not be invading adjacent countries just for the sake of spreading communism, or doing shit to piss us off just for the sake of pissing us of (like Russia would gladly do). Not to mention US-Chinese economies are heavily intertwined, so the the pain on one will be felt on the other.
India is also like Japan and 'playing nice'. It showed its scales a bit over Bush's rant over it's missile strategy, and then, docilely backed down (for now). Again, when USA starts to tumble....it will help it topple.India does not view the US as enemy. We have major industrial ties, not to mention the fact that we share a common enemy - Pakistan. Although US diplomats will not openly say that Pakistan is our enemy, it is a very hostile territory and a training ground for many terrorists and various anti American interests.
Don't think today, or even a few decades, think long, think far......you just might be suprised.Africa? Get the fuck out of town. They are too busy killing each other with rusty machetes to be a threat to anyone else aside from themselves.
Or, you can let the pride keep talking (that will be USA's biggest weakness as well). Invincible, USA is not. And, the global community will make sure it realizes that, when that nation's particular time is just right.
What goes up...must come down.