In 1948, George Kennan, State Department Director of Policy Planning, noted that the United States then possessed about 50% of the worlds wealth but only 6.3% of its population.
The challenge facing US policy makers, he believed, was "to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity with the positive detriment to our national security".
Today, many decades later, Kennans position of disparity persists, somewhat diminished but still leaving Americans in a remarkably advantageous position.
With less than 5% of the population, the United States so controls 25% of global net worth as of 2016.
Ive quoted 50% 6.3% of Americans stuff from a book called “Americas War for the Greater Middle East”.
By Andrew J. Bacevich
With modern communications and spread of knowledge throughout the Internet has shown our “heros” feet are made of clay.
I was born in 1946, raised in Canada and the USA, and I beleived in truth , justice and the American way.
Now, reality shows , especially with the instant media, America has supported tyrants and dictators, started multiple wars, once the.greatest crime.
At the Nuremburg Was Trials this is what the NAZIs were executed for.
Every day, more and more, it appears that everything believed in was bullshit.
Bacefich asks and answers a provocative, inconvenient question: "In a multigenerational water in the Middle East, why has the worlds smartest military achieved so little?"
From the book