I constantly hear "Sweden is doing better than the US, Ireland is doing better" so on and so forth. Oh come on...really, who believes that tripe? If it were not for the US, Europe would be flying the Red flag with the Hammer and Sickle. The fact they are doing economically better than us, is the same difference as Delaware doing economically better for its Citizens than Alabama. The fact is, without the Union, Delaware and Alabama would have long ago been conquered by foreign powers. Without the US, the world would be under Soviet control. And the Soviet Union would be full-time employed in ensuring its Empire did not fall apart. Without anything but partisans to counter them. Certainly not a containment strategy that the US employed upon them, even against Europeans' wishes (because they wanted to open a new market and make money, which they eventually got in the collapse of the Soviet Union). Anyway, I'm just saying, the World's success is the United State's success, without us, Asia would be ruled by Japan, Europe by Russia, and whoever got the bomb first (which would have been Russia) would have certainly made mince-meat out of the other.