It's almost as if the USA has been preparing for a world war over energy. So they spend 50 years in relatively minor wars and get into debt that will never be paid because when it all collapses America will have years of power at their disposal while other nations run out of energy resources that we've been living off of for years. Who gives a poo if war happens he who can power it the longest wins.
its a shame really, the soviet union could be one of the most productive countries on the planet. there's a certain craftiness to stealing natural resources from others while leaving your own largely untapped.
just like the US.
Sounds like a Tom Clancy novel. Good times.