The United States has some major challenges, and call me pessimistic, but I am foreseeing a fall reminiscent of the Roman Empire. What will China/Russia do, and what can American do in the near future to preserve its leadership and way of life? Some of our problems: - Huge federal deficits - Huge trade deficits - Social security and medicare disaster - Lots of debt owned by Japan and China - An impending housing bubble burst - Loss of manufacturing plants and jobs - Technology transfer and know how to Asia - World-wide antagonism towards American war invasions - World antagonism towards American support of Israel - A bloodbath in Iraq, and Iran knocking on the door - Attitude shift in oil-producing countries towards the PetroEuro In discussions with friends, we can't seem to figure out why China and Russia haven't already orchestrated a collapse of US leadership. Yes, selling their dollar reserves will also hurt their economies, but they would recover. Ultimately, we decided that nobody has done anything out of fear of the US's willingness to use nuclear weapons.