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The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Int'l Power Rankings | 10.10.06 Edition

The Politically Incorrect International Power Rankings

Power Rankings and political incorrectness go hand in hand—after all, who’s to say that one country is more important than another? But the fact is, some nations are more powerful than others, some really don’t matter at all on the international stage, and some could really use a swift kick in the ass.

So for this fourth installation of the International Power Rankings, let’s spice things up a bit with a rare dose of brutal honesty. Grab a drink, kick back and read the brutally honest truth about the world’s 25 most significant countries.

Previous rankings:   6.19.06 | 7.5.06 | 8.28.06

1. America. A half dozen books on international power politics have taught me three basic things: A) Though historically unique in many ways, the United States is undeniably an empire. B) Events of the past 15 years suggest that the United States fits the classic mold of an empire in decline. C) Empires do not decline gracefully.

2. China. In 1997, I made a $20,000 wager with a friend, betting that China would surpass the United States either militarily or economically within 50 years. Most political analyses point to the year 2045 as a good over-under. That’s right—if you want to predict the future, follow the gamblers.

3. Russia. Let’s face it—Russians enjoy watching America squirm over Iran. After all, America hasn’t done much to help Russia prosper under democracy or capitalism, and now the Russian people are understandably bitter and untrusting. As a result, we can probably expect them to root for any future challengers to America’s global prominence from now on.

4. Japan. New prime minister means new opportunity to warm things up with China. I suggest his first diplomatic move should be to NOT VISIT THAT DAMN WWII WAR DEAD SHRINE. Seriously. Oh, and get an air force already.

5. France. It’s quite possible that within three or four generations, America will be nothing more than a second tier power in the shadow of a massive empire or two, at which point we’ll have to get better at using shrewd diplomacy to balance delicate alliances slightly in our favor. In other words, we’re gonna be France someday, so we may as well take notes now.

6. Britain. I miss Tony Blair already—particularly the old school Tony Blair, who was little more than a witty, Clintonesque playboy always one step away from a sex scandal. Politics are just so much more fun when they involve sex scandals, dontcha think?

7. Germany. When is Germany going to grow a pair and stop being France’s bitch in EU matters? They’re like that cartoon gangster’s sidekick who’s bigger and stronger than the head guy, and you just sit back and wonder why he always takes the abuse.

8. India. Why does America support a nuclear India? Because when the day comes that a Sino-Russian alliance starts divvying up Asia, we’ll need the world’s largest democracy on our side. So enjoy the nukes, boys, and let us know if we can get you anything else.

9. Pakistan. Musharraf better not fucking get shot. That’s all I have to say.

10. Iran. America will not—I repeat, will not—attack Iran before 2008. We just don’t have the resources to follow through. To bad they don’t have a strong, relatively secular neighbor willing to stand up to them… oh wait, they used to! Remember Saddam “Buffer” Hussein?

11. Italy. If I were Italy, and I was watching the highfalutin trio of France, Germany and Britain enjoy their global role as the E3, I’d rally the other E22 and establish myself as top dog. I’m sure they could at least get Poland on board.

12. Israel. All those people wishing Prime Minister Olmert out of office over the Lebanon fiasco should understand that if elections were held today, Likud leader Bibi Netanyahu would probably win. For those who don’t know him, Netanyahu’s hawkish rhetoric makes Ariel Sharon look like Gandhi.

13. South Korea. Up Arrow So your boy Ban Ki-moon is about to become the next Secretary General of the UN. Big whoop. Ghana just had Kofi Annan in there for the past 10 years, and what did that do for Ghana?

14. Turkey. Up Arrow A Christian Turk hijacked a plane as a “stay away” message to the Pope. So now what—does the Pope cancel? Or does he visit, and risk getting shot? When these are issues in Turkey of all places, you know we’re in trouble.

15. Brazil. Down Arrow First I called Brazil a potential superpower. Then a regional leader. By now, let’s just say they’re the world’s most powerful Portuguese-speaking country. (Portugal’s a not-too-distant second.)

16. Australia. Up Arrow I love Australia. They seem to get it. Maybe we should start prisoner colonies on distant islands more often.

17. Canada. Down Arrow Canada is like that pothead neighbor who might have a lot of potential, but is far more interested in being comfortable than accomplishing anything.

18. Saudi Arabia. Up Arrow Let’s see if those Saudis come through for W and lower those gas prices just a little bit more. While we’re at it, why don’t we just kill two birds with one stone and convert gas stations into voting booths this November?

19. Poland. Alliances and diplomat conflict with America and France (respectively) make Poland look like a big man on campus. Perhaps they should be a little more concerned with Russia, Ukraine and Georgia making noise in their own backyard.

20. Egypt. Down Arrow When it came to Israel and Hezbollah, Egypt gambled on mediation and lost. Now they’ve lost international clout as well as street cred in their own cities. But without oil, they still need American financial support to keep them afloat. What a shitty position to be in.

21. Venezuela. Hugo Chavez is becoming an extremely popular anti-American world leader, polling highest among Middle Easterners—may of whom prefer him to their own leaders. Kinda wish we paid more attention to Latin America now, huh?

22. Mexico. You ever wish Mexico would just take over all those little Central American countries so we wouldn’t have to remember so many names? Would anyone really notice?

23. North Korea. Up Arrow Kim Jung-il is the saddest excuse for a world leader there ever was—and yet, his little game of nuclear blackmail will, at some point, probably end up paying off.

24. Ukraine. Up Arrow Life in Eastern Europe is so much easier when you just kiss Russia’s ass.

25. Syria. Down Arrow When America’s neocons realize they can’t make a military move on Iran, you think they’ll take it out on Syria? Mark my word: Bashar al-Assad will be a household name by 2008.

Close, but no cigar: Palestine, South Africa, Indonesia, Spain, Belgium. (Yes, that Belgium.)


12 Comments:

Blogger Chaim said...

Belgium close? Where is the Netherlands? BTW, good read!

Blogger ankii said...

first of all update ur list check www.globalfirepower.com .........US is undoubtly 1st but put ur emotions aside and go by the facts dat china and India are emerging as one of the most powerful nations……………..and plz dere is a misconception among d developed world dat India and china has large but outdated army,,,,,,,,so my point is go by the facts don’t by ur feelings……

Anonymous Saad said...

ankii: The GFP website is a bunch of bullshit. They don't even take the main factors into consideration. The following things are what they DIDN'T look at whilst doing all the rankings:

- Nuclear capability,
- Individual unit experience
- Equipment quality
- Training

WTF?! I can only hope whoever was writing that rubbish was stoned. Otherwise he/she needs a check-up. Pronto.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is this crap? Pakistan and Iran? Please, nuclear capabilities mean nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing, in today's US-Russia-China patrolled world. And what have these countries got except nuclear power?

And why is Australia placed before Canada? And where are small but doughty European countries?

You got it all wrong man... take a look at Virmani Power Index, or the comprehensive national power index if you've got time. They have it better.

Anonymous well... said...

haha, i don`t give a shit at all on this stupid list by fucking american idiot. go and get a life you jerk.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put intelligence into the list. (i'am talking basic brain skills) and i think things would be quite different. You know how that bully at school seemed powerful because he was aggressive then one day you punched him the face and never heard anything else again. Imagine if some one stood up to our worlds no 1 bully and said sit down and shut up.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way i see it, Ron Reagan had it right, if we could use technology (ie satellites/lasers) to make nuclear war obselete the US would still be in 1st. Then all we need to do is wait until diplomatic relations fall apart in north korea, china, venezuela, and the middle east andbreak out into war. A CONVENTIONAL war would be all we need to (as in WWII) come out of recession and fix our economy while also once again securing our rightful place as top dog. And then who cares about what the UN or EU thinks. The French bastards will be too busy getting manicures.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The way i see it, Ron Reagan had it right, if we could use technology (ie satellites/lasers) to make nuclear war obselete the US would still be in 1st."

lol....and what do you think the other space faring countries are doing??
All top powers with individual space programs like china, russia and india are working on space based laser or beam guns. Its not something only the US is interested in. And from what i read in a recent article somewhere thet russia and india already have ground based working models just like US has. I'm not sure where china stands in this.

"A CONVENTIONAL war would be all we need to (as in WWII) come out of recession and fix our economy while also once again securing our rightful place as top dog."

You have been doing conventional war in the last few years with small countries with no military might and look where it has taken you. Economic growth going backwards, WAR a complete failure.

You can't even defeat Afghani terrorist and the war in iraq is a mess. And you are talking about talking on china.

No one wins in a war between US, Russia, China, India. would have added north korea too....but its too small.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pakistan? Iran?

Please.

I would bet my biweekly paycheque that you come from these two countries. Or that you don't know what you are talking about.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me disagree with your list. It is far from correct. Have you heard of a country called Spain, the current 8th economy in the World? I think you don't know much about international relations, Global politcs and global influence.

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Blogger Vendetta14 said...

Well you fucking called it on Assad...not sure you foresaw how he'd end up on top

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