The Duchy of Grand Fenwick

the-mouse-that-roared.jpg Some of the most prosperous nations in the world (notwithstanding the resource endowed countries of the Middle East) are so not only because we were once at war with them, but because the U.S. won.  They United States has a history of defeating countries and then re-building them and set up their government and economies (in some cases) then turning them free to grow and prosper, which they have.  [Noted example is Japan and Germany, but not limited just there at least in effect.] 

One example is a country that was never at war (at least open war) with or in the America (other than how you might score the French & Indian war in the Colonial Days).  We came to the aid of France in both WWI and WWII.  Though they were not “defeated” by the U.S. they were the beneficiary of U.S. assisted reconstruction.  This aid was provided in 1918 for WWI and 1947 for WWII.  If you take the amount supplied to only France (AS A LOAN) and bring that calculation forward to 2004 (the date I prepared this study) you will find that at an interest rate of 4% the amount that France would be indebted to the U.S. is 101.6 Billion Dollars.  I say “would” because there is no (nor has ever been) any intention on France’s part to repay the U.S.  It is the U.S. that suffered the economic loss of France in both wars and it is France that benefited from U.S’s generosity.   So you can plainly see that it has been profitable for countries to either be at war with the U.S. or have that war merely occur on your soil.

This brings us to the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.  The Duchy was a mythical small nation that plotted to declare war on the United States and subsequently surrender and in losing come under some type of Marshall Plan for their economic survival.  This story is captured in the Peter Sellers 1959 classic “The Mouse that Roared.”  It is a good movie and is totally hilarious.  But I mention this today because it seems to me that there are a number of countries out there that perceive the U.S. in the same way that the Grand Duchy did. Most notably in this case is the nation of Mexico.

Listen, I don’t want to denigrate the aspirations of good people that want to provide something better for their children, but I am really getting fed up with the entitlement attitude of many of these countries have towards the US, and when they meet any resistance they start claiming “racism” and statements that say this is why U.S. is so unpopular in the world.  But on the other hand why shouldn’t they consider the U.S. as their entitlement benefactor, we have demonstrated this as a matter of policy within our own borders.  But the world is adopting a Dutchy of Grand Fenwick attitude towards the U.S. and there are an awful lot of Americans that are buying into it.  Sorry…………..just had to say it.


4 Responses to “The Duchy of Grand Fenwick”

  1. 1 misi May 19, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    In a world of no accountability this does not suprise me in the least….

  2. 2 the Grit May 19, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Hi s,

    I’m glad you reminded me of this classic work.

    the Grit

  3. 3 stevereenie May 19, 2007 at 6:31 pm


    Happy to Oblige you.

  4. 4 Jeff Cannell June 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    so if we don’t go into war we don’t get screwed financially— seems like a win for all parties concerned.

    Jeff, war is always a lose lose proposition, who loses everything…… dad

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