Some of us have a lot of trouble understanding the USA. They are just 4.2% of the World’s population.

It spent £886 billion on defence in 2018. That’s 15% of its entire budget, and over half the discretionary funds it has to spend.

There are about 900 US defence establishments dotted around the world. Dotted is an imprecise word, most of these places are to be found in strategic positions;  the map shows US bases around Iran.

Why is the USA so scared of the rest of the world? They live on a continent, with a benign neighbour to the north, and a ready source of cheap labour to the south. Who is going to attack them?

This strategy has little to do with defence. They want power and control. Their problems are deep-seated. They live on land they plundered. The indigenous population has been badly treated. The imported workers, called slaves, have not fared any better. For a bunch of renegades and neer-do-wells who fled Europe they have done well, but have they yet to pay the price for those evil deeds?

Facebook is now threatening to cut off Europe if they are not allowed to do what they want. They may have bitten off more than they can chew. Europe could easily create a replica of Facebook, and directly compete. It is surprising that it has not already been done. Of course it has been tried. We had a growing example here in the UK. The USA sensed danger and bought up the company.

The USA is showing cracks at the seams. The choice of an egoist and an old politician standing against each other for the Presidency must pour shame on its people.