RE: Noam Chomsky: "The Emerging World Order: its roots, our legacy"
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PS: Chomsky spricht von der "Grand Area" (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Area), dem Höhepunkt der Macht der USA nach dem 2. Weltkrieg und dem folgenden langsamen Niedergang (Decline), ohne dass die Vormachtstellung momentan in Frage stehe.
Aus dem Wiki-Link (Hervorhebung nicht im Original):
Auszug aus der Policy Planning Study, Kapitel VII. Far East, Seite 524, von 1948:
“We must be very careful when we speak of exercising "leadership" in Asia. We are deceiving ourselves and others when we pretend to have answers to the problems, which agitate many of these Asiatic peoples. Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3 of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships, which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.
In 2002 state military spending was estimated at US$789 billion worldwide.
In 2002 the United States was the largest military spender, spending almost 9 times more than the second biggest spender, Japan. In that year the United States spent US$353 billion; 45% of all state military spending worldwide.