We are in a post-war world. Countries are a bit like companies. A startup can take big risks and win big. They really don’t have all that much to lose. Meanwhile, large established companies are risk averse because they have a great deal to lose.
We are in an age where western civilization is simply to big and intertwined - like a large company - to ever consider something as risky as all-out war, with bombs and stuff. So nowadays wars are fought with trade, rhetoric, sanctions, etc. And if it ever DOES come to shooting, we find a nice little 3rd world country to use up all those arms against each other and kill two birds with one stone. The other bird being keeping the military industrial complex well fertilized and watered.
So our weapon against Frances actions against our countries is tariffs.
BTW, thanks to their new tax laws, France has lost tens of thousands of millionaires an billionaires. They must be hurting.
The military industrial complex is ailing and about to be euthanized. Just give it a couple of Democratic administrations. When Ike made that speech, military spending was 10% of the economy. It is now 4%. Whereas non-defense government spending has soared from 18% to 32%. There is a government industrial complex, but it's in non-defense spending.
Hmmm... I wonder how the muslims are going to run france after they take over the country..
“We are in an age where western civilization is simply to big and intertwined - like a large company - to ever consider something as risky as all-out war, with bombs and stuff.”
Haha, they said the exact same thing in 1914.
Good, let them purchase Epstein's old island and they can live there merrily.