Invest or Invade? (December 15, 2008)
World War II involved a skirmish between and among the world’s Type A personalities (USA, Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Japan). One of the central messages of that War is that it is much easier to take by investment than by invasion. The Germans and the Japanese learned that lesson well. The Chinese seem to be embracing the “invasion by investment” strategy and may find the need to invade the USA mooted if they can acquire this country in the open market or in Bankruptcy Court.
The Russians have come full circle and won a few battles in the continuing Cold War because their natural gas heats European homes. Russia has successfully invaded Europe by investment. Pipelines are mightier that troop lines. Russia owns part of Europe. The Russians, however, are reverting to the old paradigm. They want to invade. They may want to invade because the US has been quietly antagonizing Russia. Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld broke the military that may not be able to respond. American is sliding into “second world super power” status. Problems are on the horizon.
Bumper sticker of the week:
Invasion by investment