Originally posted by tomtom232
The US was arlready a super power. There is a reason we've never been invaded (minus pearl harbour which was a massive blunder by the japs) and thats because it would be a strategical nightmare to attempt such a thing... You would have to invade Canada or get them in bed with you to come in from the North but that would never happen and if it did would be ...[text shortened]... y... ask the Brits how they fared with their massively overwhelming units and better training!
The rise of the first two two superpowers, Russia and the United States, can be
traced to World War II. To be a superpower, a nation needs
to have a strong economy, an overpowering military, immense
international political power and, related to this, a
strong national ideology. It was this war, and its results,
that caused each of these superpowers to experience such a
preponderance of power. Before the war, both nations were
fit to be described as great powers, but it would be
erroneous to say that they were superpowers at that point.
That is slightly paraphrased from studyworld. The US was lucky to occupy a country full of untapped resources just when the industrial revolution took place - that is what made us great. We tried to stay out of WWII, but Hitler forced us to escalate, and Japan woke the sleeping dragon. From Hitler we managed to steal the atomic bomb, and we became super. We were lucky - if there were no Hitler, if they didn't force us to steal their to scientists, Germany would still be on the fast track to becoming the first nation with nuclear power. The world's first super-power.