Quote (Caedus @ Jul 19 2012 10:11pm)
They originated by the British setting up a very powerful and very well funded/supplied state close to their borders.
The American goverment is not the preeminent leader of world affairs, the time has passed that Europe would follow the US's every whim. Where interests allign maybe, but the US's inability to keep their "allies" (Puppet states, Iraq, the Taliban, Libya, Egypt, Vietnam among others) on their side or in power has been obvious over the past 40 years.
Increasing countries wish to stop following American foreign policy and begin relationships with American rivals. Israel and Russia now have a very close military relationship despite Russian support for their enemies. The EU wishes to further incorporate Russia into Europe.
How many Russian allies have the American's elminated? I can't think of any. I can however think of numerous American allies that no longer support the US in the ways they used to (Or are shells of there former self).
American woe's could bring down the entire world (And they nearly did in 2008), Russia's woe's mean a corrupt millitary official sells weapons to a "rouge" state that can't actually do any harm with them, or a childish oil/gas official decides his toy will be spending absurd amounts of (Goverment and public) money on a hockey team.
This isn't the cold war anymore, the US-Russia rivaly is nothing more than a spitting match, nothing will come of it, and I suspect much of it is just for show. American and Russian relations are probably far better than what the public knows. Russia condemn's the US occupation of Afghanistan, the US condemn's Russia's occupation of South Ossetia. Russia bitches about the US, the US bitches about Russia. It's all very predicitble and nothing very serious.
Fascism isn't a bad ideology. Hitler taking Mussolini's original idea's farther then they should have gone (Fasicsm does not need state racism). Almost all instances of fascism the leader loses sight of the goals, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Salazar ect. People forget the Peron and Hirohito (Peron failed because of a coup and Hirohito, who turned Japan in a global power lost a war) didn't have the same "issues".
Franco wasn't really a Fascist (which is why I believe he survived), but that's really beside the point.
The United States is the leading force in a global hegemony. Its influence relative to some growing powers (really only China) is waning, and with the collapse of the USSR the need for Europe to remain tightly bound to the United States is necessarily diminished. This is mutual, though, just look at Obama's proposed cutdowns in the region, and it's just indicative of changing interests which were bound to occur after a significant shift in the balance of power. Remove the threat to Western Europe and the need / desire for strict cooperation will diminish. Many of the Eastern European states, by contrast, still have Russian historical aggression fresh in their minds. It's why Poland desires American assurances against the Eastern threat, and why the Baltic states have remained stolidly in our camp since independence.
The United States has a strong working relationship with key states in Eastern Europe, the Gulf states, a very large part of East and South-East Asia, and the "stan" countries of Central Asia. Significant threats (Russia, China, Iran) are all surrounded by American allies and bases, and barring that, nations which grant the United States access to military facilities.
Smaller nations look to the United States as a counter-balancing force against local regional giants. Take China; Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia all look, it one way or another, to the United States as a counter-balancing force against Chinese aggression. Burma has even gone so far as to moderate its domestic policy in order to leverage American influence against the Chinese. The United States is a rational actor, sure, and it's perceived as such, but the threat America poses is far less to these states than the threat of a regional power like China, which has historical and contemporary designs on East and South East Asia.
American influence is as strong as ever, it's just taken on a more subtle, that makes sense in a more subtle age.