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Yet, if one looks at the rest of the world, what's striking is how well the United States is doing relative to other major economies.Peter Zeihan's "The Accidental Superpower" begins with geography, pointing out that America is the world's largest consumer market for a reason – its rivers.America, Zeihan calculates, has more navigable waterways – 28,300 kilometers' worth – than the rest of the world combined.The contrast in America is, again, striking.Imports made up just 17 percent of the American economy in 2012, according to the World Bank, compared with Germany's 46 percent and China's 25 percent – and the U.S. number will fall as America imports less and less foreign oil.Zeihan agrees, but emphasizes the degree to which this strength will insulate America from the rest of the world.For Zeihan, oil was one big reason America needed to be involved with the world. I'm not as sure as Zeihan that America's advantages are chiefly structural.
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