Please tell me when war has actually worked in someones favor and accomplished long term goals? War only comes around because of issues that will become Long term issues and the goal is to snuff out that problem.
All of them. The Vietnam War, for instance, was an attempt of the US to diminish Soviet influence in eastern Asia, as part of the much larger Cold War. They failed, not because they didn't kill enough vietnamese but because all their efforts *increased* Soviet influence in the area as backlash for their actions. Perhaps you're thinking as World War II, when the US had no choice but to get in after the Japanese attacked them, but you have to think then: why did Japan attack the US? why did they ally themselves with Germany? why did the Germans start the war in the first place? and even finer things, such as Germany's invasion of Poland or the Russian's counter-attack after Germany's invasion, none of them can be adequately explained by a simple "because they had a problem they had to snuff out", they were all part of a greater whole.
Alot of trash talk about the US but how about Europe...............The idiots over there were the direct reason for WW1 and WW2.
No, they weren't. Their grandfathers may have been, but then again yours went to war over their right to have slaves. The problems of the US, on the other hand, are something present *today*, supported by today's government and accomplished by today's soldiers. The US has shown itself, *today*, that it is unfit to call itself a "land of the free", not yesterday, not 80 years ago, today. Big difference.
Not to mention that France has a very spotty history supplying weapons (just like the US) to very questionable Governments.
France, like Britain, has a very troublesome government but my personal criticisms of Sarkozy et al are for another time. The difference, however, is that they don't control the whole of the European Union, and have *very* strong economic incentives not to go counter to it, so it's fair to expect that saner heads in Germany and Spain, for instance, would prevail in the end. Not so for the US where the problem isn't with any one state but rather with the government above them all, and it doesn't matter if Florida and Nebraska's governors are a peace-loving hippies, the US will still continue their invasion of Iraq as long as the president says so.
Besides, hell, we're not discussing who *should* be a world power, we're just discussing who'll eventually be. Me, I'd rather have Sweden or Finland as leaders of the New World Order than the entirety of the EU and would rather bow down to the italian mafia than have China be the world's only superpower, but life and politics are what they are, and there's not much we can do to change them.