I obviously have a different opinion but I am interested in your interpretation of where we would be in this century if it wasn't for the USA?
Let's see...let's start with Europe.
Who was equipped to deal with Hitler? History would tell us that nobody was until the US got involved with that big stick of ours called mass production.
Ok so let's also look at the Marshall plan, throw in NATO. None of what is modern day Europe would be even in existence if it was for the US.
Europe has this knack for coming up with some really cool things like the car but then not much else. It took an American to come up with Assembly line and bring cars to the masses.
What about medical advances? Polio, Pace Makers, Artificial Hearts, etc. It seems to me that all of the greatest medical advancements come from the "Broken" and "Worst" health care system in the world.
Also, let's not forget the PC. Or the transistor, microprocessor, or the great leap forward by Al Gore, who we all know now did indeed invent the internet.
So also let's talk about world political security.
Who kicked the Soviets back to Moscow without ever starting WWIII? Who led the world to its greatest prosperity, greatest increase in standard of living, indeed probably its most peaceful time in World History? That great stabilizer called the USA.
Have we made mistakes? Yes we have, but we correct course. Some would say President Obama is a correction others disagree. But we changed parties (maybe not so much in the policies but there is a "D" in the White House instead of an "R" so I guess that is change.)
We are inherently a country that wants to do good. Our interests are for the greater benefit of our citizens. Our freedoms are for the benefit of our interests.
In broad general terms if we are free to innovate, invent, and produce we will prosper.
Is it so hard to say that if the world is free to do the same that they will prosper as well? Therefore that means what is in the U.S. interest or what is good for the U.S. is good for the world.
Anybody can paint with a broad brush. It is the fine brush that defines the difference between a great painting and something for the refrigerator.
Yes, this country has produced some very great advances. But we have also stepped on a great many toes [which you so simply gloss over]. Yet it is those sore toes that account for many of the current problems that have faced us for the past quarter century. It is those sore toes that require so much of our time and energy and national treasure.
And to suggest that we are the only innovators is very disingenuous. Many of the folks in England, Japan, Germany and Korea would disagree that all innovation takes place under our flag.
We are but one member of a very large team. It really is time we started acting like it. We have now seen what happens when we ask for help after folks have dealt with the attitude you just posted. They ignore us. Cause and effect is a lesson we should have learned a long time ago. We did not.
I fear we are learning it now.
I agree with mcbear.
Everything we have "invented" is basically an advancement of the discoveries and innovations of the Muslims. Without these, we/USA/the world would be still in the stone-age. In the field or science, algebra, "flying machines", camera, chess, SOAP, parachute, shampoo, crank shaft, metal armor, rockets, torpedoes, gunpowder, surgical instruments, windmill, vaccination, fountain pen, numerical numbering, coffee, carpets paychecks, earth is spherical shape, earth's circumference, how the eye works, modern transportation, water irrigation and transport, medicine, etc etc were Muslim discoveries. The west had only advanced it.
YouTube - Discover the Muslim origins of many Western discoveries!
20 Greatest Innovations by Muslims
YouTube - 20 Great Discoveries by MUSLIMS
Daily News - Istanbul to have Museum of Inventions by Muslim Scholar
So baby boo
, who is busy counting Nobel Prizes won by Jews, and TNT
who thinks Americans are "inventors", tell me what really have we invented? We have only advance some discoveries, innovations and inventions of the Muslims or have found alternate uses from them. Whatever we enjoy today has been given to us my Muslims. Learn history you two and appreciation and learn to speak the truth.