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Author Topic: 10 Signs The U.S. Is Losing Its Influence In The Western Hemisphere  (Read 655 times)
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« on: September 28, 2010, 08:16:57 AM »

Provided by the Business Insider:

We won't be the alpha dog in the western hemisphere forever.

Even if the U.S. hadn't crashed into a financial crisis, there are demographic, material, and political forces that have been spreading power around the Americas for decades.

Brazil is first among the BRICs (Brazi, Russia, India, and China) -- four economies that are supposed to overtake the six largest Western economies by 2032.

Mexico is first among the MAVINS (Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nigeria, and South Africa) -- six economies we expect to blow away expectations and become leading powers in their regions relatively soon.

Canada and Venezuela are oil powers of the distant future.

Peru and Chile are sitting on a fortune of metals and minerals.

All these countries are cranking up, while America faces plenty of fiscal and demographic problems at home.

Here are Signs the U.S. Is Losing Its Influence In Its Own Backyard:

Our most powerful regional ally--Brazil--refuses to follow our orders on Iran

Hillary Clinton went to Brazil to beg support for sanctions against Iran and came away empty handed.  Now the UN is counting on Brazil, which is friendly with America and Iran, to lead nuclear diplomacy.

The World's Richest Man is now a Mexican, not an American.

For the first time in 16 years, the World's Richest Man is not an American. Carlos Slim, worth $54 billion, is the first Latin American to hold that title and one of many emerging market billionaires to eclipse the U.S.

Three years after a US financial crisis, Latin America is again growing rapidly. The U.S.? Not so much...

Compare this to what happened during the Great Depression. Latin America was devastated when U.S. investment dried up and the export market soured in the 30s. A League of Nations report said Chile, Peru, and Bolivia suffered the world's worst depression.

Today is quite different. Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico have led a buoyant recovery from the global recession, according to Reuters. The regional economy is expected by the UN to grow 4.3 percent in 2010. If the American consumer remains weak, Latin American exports will move elsewhere.

Chile produces 300% more copper than America--the former world leader in copper production

America used to lead the world in copper production. We produced 49% of the world's copper in 1929, according to this article from the archives.  Today we produced 1.2 million tonnes yearly, compared to 5.4 million tonnes in Chile.

Brazil now produces over four times as much iron ore as the U.S.. We used to lead that industry, too.

America once led the world in iron mining. In 1892 we discovered the world's largest mine at the Great Lakes Mesabi Range. It was a wellspring for America's industrial might and the foundation of the rust belt.

Now we claim reserves at 2,100 mt. Seven countries claim higher reserves, including Brazil at 8,900 mt.  We produce only 54 mt yearly, while Brazil produces 250 mt.

Canada and Venezuela will pass the U.S. in oil production in the next decade

America produces around 9 million billion barrels of oil a day. Venezuela and Canada each produce around 3 million.  But America's reserves are 21 billion barrels and may last less than a decade. Our oil-rich neighbors claim 99 billion bbl and 178 billion bbl, respectively, and will keep producing oil into the distant future.

Now Brazil exports over twice as much beef as we do

America used to lead the world in beef production. Although we still do, America exports only 800,000 mt of beef per year. Brazil exports 2,200,000 mt.  Here's some ironic excerpts from a 1911 NYT article: "American-Canadian syndicate to have world's largest beef plant in Brazil... The chilled beef industry has never been tried before in Brazil and has only recently gotten under way in Argentina."

Brazil is now a critical partner for Russia, India, and China

The acronym coined by Goldman Sachs to describe the four key emerging powers has taken on a life of its own.  Brazil, Russia, India, and China have held several summits and even discussed making a supranational currency -- that would pull the rug out from the U.S. dollar.

What's important here is that global emerging powers have good relations and are inclined to work together. For instance, China just signed major contracts to build factories and high-speed rail in Brazil.

Brazil, Canada, and Mexico all invest a greater share of GDP in clean energy

A Pew survey found that Brazil invests 0.37% of its economy in clean energy. Canada invests 0.25% and Mexico invests 0.14%.  America is eleventh in the world at 0.13%.

Hugo Chavez is still in power

The CIA has a notorious history of interventions in Latin America, supposedly targeting Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, Fidel Castro, Manuel Noriega, Rios Montt, Che Guevara, and many others.  But they haven't stopped Hugo Chavez from railing against the United States for years. Clearly America has adopted a more passive regional strategy

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010, 08:20:24 AM »

Its intentional.  These other nations are not committing suicide like we are.

Enivro insanity, osha, EPA, lawsuits, regulatory craziness, etc etc etc. 

 
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 08:47:35 AM »

So because the CIA hasn't assassinated Chavez yet it's a sign of our growing weakness? Reads like another anti-American piece of trash.

I've got a good friend that's from Brazil, was working there after college and goes back a few times a year and he'll tell you that country is a corrupt dump and not anywhere near becoming a world power.

And Mexico? LOL. It's a fucking failed state that teeters on the verge of collapse and is run by drug cartels. Yeah, they're going to be powerful.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2010, 08:55:17 AM »

So because the CIA hasn't assassinated Chavez yet it's a sign of our growing weakness? Reads like another anti-American piece of trash.

I've got a good friend that's from Brazil, was working there after college and goes back a few times a year and he'll tell you that country is a corrupt dump and not anywhere near becoming a world power.

And Mexico? LOL. It's a fucking failed state that teeters on the verge of collapse and is run by drug cartels. Yeah, they're going to be powerful.  Roll Eyes

The article is about US losing influence in the West, not about other countries becoming powerful.

I thought the article was talking about Hugo Chavez, the getbig mod.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2010, 08:56:30 AM »

The article is about US losing influence in the West, not about other countries becoming powerful.

So it's about the US losing influence yet it does nothing but sing the praises of countries that they claim are poised to become powers.

Singing the praises of Mexico? Talk about a piece of anti-American trash.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2010, 08:56:31 AM »

We need to bomb somebody in the western hemisphere......
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2010, 09:50:08 AM »

We need to bomb somebody in the western hemisphere......

Start with america....
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2010, 09:54:38 AM »

LOL I take offence that they put us in the same group as Nigeria  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2010, 09:58:17 AM »

LOL I take offence that they put us in the same group as Nigeria  Cheesy

Why is that? 

Is Obama any different than Mugabe
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2010, 10:00:52 AM »

Why is that? 

Is Obama any different than Mugabe
I am South African
Robert is in the country North of us
We have Zuma
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2010, 10:12:26 AM »

I am South African
Robert is in the country North of us
We have Zuma

Don't forget Julius Malema.  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2010, 10:15:01 AM »

Don't forget Julius Malema.  Cheesy

BF - i posted some stuff on obama and Raila Odinga, Obamas' cousin, before the election.   Did you ever see any of that?   
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2010, 10:24:11 AM »

Don't forget Julius Malema.  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2010, 10:27:02 AM »

Start with america....

South America is bit unrealistic.....how bout we start with Canada and aim for your wonky eye?
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2010, 10:28:35 AM »

Complete bullshit... Might makes right.

We have the might.

Excuse me while I ignore some dickhead's idea of america.
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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2010, 10:31:42 AM »

South America is bit unrealistic.....how bout we start with Canada and aim for your wonky eye?

Chances are she'll never see it coming.  Grin

Complete bullshit... Might makes right.

We have the might.

Excuse me while I ignore some dickhead's idea of america.

Exactly.
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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2010, 10:34:30 AM »

Chances are she'll never see it coming.  Grin





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