Might have had less british soldiers being maimed or killed if the arab spring had happened 8 years later.Iraqi would have probably gone tits up in the so called 'Arab Spring' in 2011 the same as Syria and Libya, with a bit of meddling from Iran, even without Uncle SAM in 2003.
Mind you Saddam was popular. He used to get 100% of the votes during election time.
And China knowing that, must be panicking that a few yanks think that America is going to teach them a lesson.Yes, they did -the Soviets shrugged, told some Ukrainian farmers they were to cultivate grain, thank you and bought the rest of their grain elsewhere, while US farmers suffered considerably.
It was another brilliant piece of work by Jimmy Carter. The Soviets had to get their imported grain from nations where the labour costs were lower and the transport costs similar, so they ended up paying less than they had, while Carter chose to overlook (some cynics say forgot about) an agreement that the US would send eight million tons of grain to the USSR each year and didn't rescind it, simply banning the sale of anything more than that amount.
The end result was that the Soviets developed a measure of food security in terms of their own grain production and found South American farmers were delighted to step in to sell them (cheaper) grain. The Canadians followed suite not long after, and I seem to think that the Australians did as well. The fact that the US was still selling 8 million tons of grain meant that protests that 5EYE allies shouldn't be selling grain to the Soviets when the US wasn't met with the response 'Er.... but you are' and the inevitable 'Er...ah.... yes.... ummmm' from the State Department.
As it was Jimmy Carter's way of appearing tough on the Soviets ('we'll starve American farmers into submission'), he refused to revoke the sanctions when it became clear - as it quickly did - that not only was the grain embargo (which wasn't a proper embargo) going to fail to hurt the Soviets but that it was going to hurt American farmers. The bottom dropped out of their market as prices tumbled in the US because of over-supply, and some historians suggest that it caused the worst agricultural depression in the US since the 1930s. It also meant that a lot of investment into grain production went to South America - I think it was Brazil which benefited most - and helped to establish meaningful competition to US farmers.
Protests had no effect on Carter - it was election year and removing the sanctions would've been an admission of yet more humiliating failure. Reagan promised to revoke the sanctions, got a lot of support from farmers and swept to power. He binned the embargo very shortly after taking office, but the damage had been done.
What about the money China owes the USA then. Does anybody know the truth in this?
Russia is the world's largest wheat exporter, by quite some margin. Has been for quite some time.
QED. and that's why Ukraine was historically so important to Russia, Not just because Russia wanted it but because it Europe's bread basket."Soviet Russia", I'm pretty sure they used to import grain from the US. They embargoed it as a response to the Soviet invasion of AFG.
Much to the chagrin of US farmers.
Then call it what it is, a Treaty.
This would be YOU demoting International Law and International Treaty, a superior formal contract between nation states, to the status of an informal contract, inferior to individual corporate agreements that are actually subject to International Law and Treaty.You are answering a question that wasn't asked.
The question posed was what would happen if the US decided to default on its bond obligations to China (as bond holder) alone.
I provided the answer.
Bond documentation has no provision for "rights of offset" or "netting".
It's that simple.
really?Like it used its "clout" against Russia? Its about to spend 2 trillion of money, it can mouth of all it like China isnt going to care.
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Sorry try this
Seems the tinfoil is getting wider distribution.Productive that, kill off demand then dominate the market. I bet some Oxford don thought that one up. It's Ok I'm fair to tin hatters.
"Soviet Russia", I'm pretty sure they used to import grain from the US. They embargoed it as a response to the Soviet invasion of AFG.
Much to the chagrin of US farmers.
SkippedOnce says lets do nothing to change...... Fine, but we'll be back on lockdown within the next 10 years.So flying from some disease-infested hole in West Africa like Liberia will be fine though, because it's in the same time zone as the UK. You utter mong.
I suppose it's too late to call America to account for Spanish Flu.Clearly - however is there any precedent for holding a Government to account for not sharing information? Does any legal framework exist such as treaties? If not should there be one - perhaps stating the responsibility a state has to report disease outbreaks to the World Health Organisation.
The West cannot afford to act outside of the legal framework and the rule based international system.
The further you fly, the greater the public health tax imposed.... I threw in timelines with an eye to china. But with regards Liberia, the cost to fly their and back should be beyond the average person based on latitude x tax.No, I'm saying your metric for change is ridiculous.
Yes really, its funny that people claim that other countries are heading for catastrophe but not the mighty west. The UK is projected to have a popularion consisting of 31% pensioners in ten years.really?
China is heading for a demographic catastrophe, it’s aging fast, very fast, how will it feed and care for 400 million pensioners in a decade?
whats that, in its headlong race to industrialise, China hasn't given a thought to building a society able to care for large numbers of elderly and vulnerable.
China’s glizty cities are all fur coat and no nickers.
to quote a wise man....”At least the Japanese has to good sense to get rich before they got old”