November 20th, 2014
10:34 PM ET

America’s prospects are promising indeed

By Fareed Zakaria

Two-thirds of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, a poll number that has not shifted much in three years. The midterm election results were just another reflection of this pervasive discontent. And yet, looking at the rest of the world, what’s striking is how well the United States is doing relative to other major economies. Japan is back in a recession and Germany has barely avoided slipping into one, which would have been its third since 2008. President Obama says the United States has produced more jobs in its recovery than the rest of the industrialized worldput together.

Why is this? Many believe that the American economy has some inherent advantages over its major competitors — a more flexible structure, stronger entrepreneurial traditions and a more demographically vibrant society. Along comes a fascinating new book that says you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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  1. Blue Saffron☼

    For starters, let us get out moral compass back.

    The Khmer Rouge trial and guilty verdict sends a loud and clear message to all those leaders who undertook genocides. Payback time.

    It is time to stand up Modi of India and send him to The Hague to face trial of murders and genocides in Gujarat et al, India ..... committed against the minorities.

    This cannot be forgotten. We profess to uphold international law. Let us walk the talk.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • Cristobal

      Our moral compass needs calibration.

      November 21, 2014 at 2:29 am | Reply
      • Sophia

        There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Modi should be dragged to The Hague for a trial. The murders he committed will never be forgotten. There are cases against him pending in US Federal Courts. This is just a beginning.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:33 am |
      • Wild Mustang

        What is taking so long? Thousands have died. How much proof does one need? Do it now !!

        November 21, 2014 at 2:42 am |
      • Mazo

        "Thousands have not died" and people die everyday – it is not PROOF of "genocide".

        The Indian Supreme Court has already investigated Modi's involvement in Gujarat and found that he is completely innocent and there is no evidence to support any guilt on his part.

        That is ALL the prosecution that will occur – the US courts can file charges against anybody, its not worth the dust off Modi's shoes and there is nothing the US Government or the US courts can do about it.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:48 am |
      • Wild Mustang

        The courts in India are kangaroo courts. Corrupt. Raipists. Even the Supreme Court in India have judges who are raipists. We don't trust them. Hundreds of thousands have died and continue dying due genocide in India. Modi is as guilty as Charles Manson.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:53 am |
      • rupert

        Wrong! Your a.s.s needs calibration in order to stuff it with a big fat car rot like stuffing a Turkey's butt before baking it

        November 21, 2014 at 9:20 am |
      • rupert

        Cristobal. The only thing that needs calibration is your rear end. Prepare for my fis t.

        November 21, 2014 at 9:25 am |
      • rupert

        READ MY LIPS:
        Blue Saffron eats doggie poop.

        November 21, 2014 at 9:49 am |
    • Mazo

      The problem with your asinine raving is this little thing called "evidence" – there is ABSOLUTELY ZERO evidence that Modi had anything to do with any "murders" let alone"genocide". Your "wishing it to be true" is absolutely immaterial as no investigation or investigative agency has found any evidence against Modi despite a decade of trying by his political opponents. Nobody has the guts to touch Modi – not only because he is the PM of India but also because it would make them look foolish.

      Some desperate degenerates hope and pray to "prosecute" Modi but before you prosecute somebody there has to be a case – not rumors and speculation.

      November 21, 2014 at 2:43 am | Reply
      • Wild Mustang

        Read my lips. We will not rest till that murderer and genocidalist Modi from India is sent to an International Court of Criminal Justice for trial. If he does not go voluntarily he will be dragged there.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:48 am |
      • Mazo

        I can't read your lips – this is a written forum.

        And there is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING you can do to Modi. He was walking up and down New York just a few weeks ago – and you could do NOTHING, Obama even hosted him for Dinner (TWICE) and you could do NOTHING while MSG was taken over for him.

        Anybody who tries to touch Modi will be dust and any court other than an Indian court that touches ANY Indian elected official will become a glass field for our toxic wastes.

        NOBODY on planet EARTH can touch ANY Indian elected official without the boot of 1.2 billion people descending on their heads. Hague will be vaporized – as will any punks who think they can "touch" Modi, let alone "Drag" anybody.

        Justice is not decided by Europeans or Americans, especially not for India.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:58 am |
      • Mikey


        VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)
        ARYA SAMAJ
        SHIV SENA

        LEADERS: Narendra Modi/ L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

        November 21, 2014 at 3:02 am |
    • Mazo

      You are nobody to "send anybody to the Hague", let alone talk about "international law" or some such nonsense. First prosecute George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Obama for their war crimes and murder of innocents before pointing fingers at other people and other situations you are ignorant about.

      November 21, 2014 at 2:45 am | Reply
      • Wild Mustang

        Really? The names you take fed you and your people in India. Gave them aid when they were starving. Your type of democracy gave us murderers like Modi. We don't recognize him as PM till he faces trial in ICJ Hague.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:51 am |
      • Mazo

        Yes REALLY.

        FED?? LOL Fed me what ?? Hot air and high gas prices ??? Stop inflating your own ego and self importance, its pathetic – India doesn't import a grain of salt from the USA nor does the USA provide a grain of salt to India for free. In fact it is the USA that is BEGGING India to import American agricultural products after India banned all imports due to bird flu. Yet it was the USA that saw this as unfair and ran to the WTO to sue India for "discrimination".

        George W Bush, Obama have Fed nobody in India – even the so,called "nuclear deal" has not even produced enough power to light a flash light let alone a tube-light or home.

        Spare us this BS about "gave them aid when they were starving" – since India is ENTIRELY self-sufficient and is the largest EXPORTER of food grains be it rice or wheat. On the contrary it is Obama who wants to prevent India from feeding its "starving" by forcing India to sign a bogus WTO agreement that limits the amounts of food India can stockpile!

        India doesn't even want American NGO's like Greenpeace etc to operate in India because apart from disruptive activities, they have not contributed a single thing to the Indian economy. India's intelligence services estimated that Greepeace and other similar NGOs through their "activism" have actually prevented 1-2% of GDP growth in India due to foreign funded protests against factories and mining!

        The last time India need foreign help to "feed the starving people" was in the 1950s.......

        November 21, 2014 at 3:06 am |
      • Harry

        Modi from India goes to the doctor and says, "I feel terrible."

        Doctor says, "go home, get a bucket, p iss and s hit in it for a week. Throw in dead rats and rotting fish. Put a towel over your head and sniff the fumes for three days."

        Week later Modi goes back and says, "Doc, I feel wonderful, what was the problem?"

        Doctor, "you were homesick!"

        November 21, 2014 at 3:09 am |
      • Gary Larouche

        The Indian Debacle has overshadowed the European crisis. GDP that has dropped off the cliff (-2% est), budget deficits, collapse of Indian rupiah, rampant poverty, unemployment, FDI reversal, companies leaving town are some of the disastrous events that are threatening the Indian state.

        The downward spiralling is so severe that the Indian government has been ulable to control it. Even the Americans have been unable to help and several trips by the treasury secretary were not helpful.

        This also has security repercussions for India and US defense secretary and secretary of state, among others, have flown in to counsel India on how to protect its borders with the help of Israel/IDF. Rumors have it that the breakup of India along the lines of Soviet Union is a very plausible scenario that I am sure intelligence agencies all over the world are factoring in their geopolitical stress tests.

        November 21, 2014 at 3:20 am |
    • rupert

      Oh look at the blog-tard. Blue Saffron himself. Moron!

      November 21, 2014 at 9:22 am | Reply
  2. Blue Saffron☼

    1984 George Orwell.
    We have become a police state. We have militarized our police force. Every county, everytown has a police department just a mile away. Stop and Frisk. Kill Till Still. These are the norms nowadays. Night goggles in neighborhoods. Armored cars on the streets. Yet the crimes keep on going up. Discontent is everywhere. Black v White v Blue has become the norm. Is this Gaza or Ferguson? Is this Tel Aviv or Florida State U?

    November 21, 2014 at 2:23 am | Reply
    • Blue Saffron☼

      Is there hope? Yes, there is A Place Call Hope. LOL.

      November 21, 2014 at 2:25 am | Reply
      • Cristobal

        Yup. All we got was a ton of d ope. Thank you Clinton.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:27 am |
  3. Daddy's Joy

    @Blue Saffron indeed your comments paint the dichotomy of our lost morality coupled with usurpation of civil rights. Have we become the new Soviet Union rather than USA? That is the debate we need to have. You cannot have a prosperous country without a rudder. Our rudder is broken.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:40 am | Reply
    • Mazo

      Meaningless blather – "morality" is not the prerogative of one person or one group of naive idealists. It is the that which can be quantified and is not subjective on the ideology of those who seek to preach "morality".

      False prophets are a dime a dozen – that's the reason the USA has been led down the garden path with Obama to his now imperial proclamations.

      November 21, 2014 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • Wild Mustang

        Nonsense comment. Just because your society in India preach raipe as the panacea to spiritual enligtenment in hinduisim does not mean it is nirvana. Moral compass is necessary.

        November 21, 2014 at 2:57 am |
  4. Wild Mustang

    Nobody knows how to fix America. We are a ship astray. Talk Talk Talk, that is all we get. Democracy has lived its useful life. Time for change.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:45 am | Reply
  5. Mikey

    UN should investigate the Gujarat genocide in India and put Modi on trial for murders of innocent civilians. Shame on Modi. Shame on India.
    Ich Bin Ein Gujarati.

    India picked up from where Nazis left off. Holocausts in Gujarat, India and in Indian Held Kashmir. Everything is not well in this world.

    Ich Bin Ein Kashmiri.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:00 am | Reply
  6. Mikey

    Chopping heads off and stuffing bodies in wells is the hallmark of hindu culture and form of terrorism that has been in existence for centuries . That is why the entire region is reeling in terrorism for so long. The world needs to address the terrorism emanating from India

    Thank you CNN for listening and writing an article on this horrific raipe of young girls in IndIa and their bodies stuffed in wells. This has the filngerprints of hindu terrorism going on for centuries and wells being used to stuff dead bodies in.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:04 am | Reply
  7. Harry

    Terrorism is rampant in the region in part financed by Indians. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts. It has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. India needs to be carved up into smaller independent states to be a viable economically and geo politically.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • Gary Larouche

      INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

      The problem with India is that it is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

      November 21, 2014 at 3:23 am | Reply
  8. Harry

    Like a totem pole, the hinddoou world in India is ladder like and incremental, essentially defined by a caste system. You suppress the underprivileged and seek satisfaction from the pain and suffering you cause. It is nirvana and brings you closer to being in the good books of deities. Very much as taught by Mahabharata

    November 21, 2014 at 3:11 am | Reply
  9. Harry

    Raipe in hinddoou culture, is the process of hunting the weak, forcing them to submission, and then causing and witnessing their pain and suffering as enumerated in Rig Veda. Thus the inspiration of all evil in that society emanates from hinddoou philosophy that is evil, medieval and dark.

    The hinddoous see humans, particulary the weak, as targets of subjugation and domination manifesting as oppression of minorities and raipes of women all in accordance with Ramayana

    November 21, 2014 at 3:13 am | Reply
  10. Gary Larouche

    If you look at the knees of India's hinddoous you will notice scabs. Due to constant bending down! Why? Because look at their 2% GDP. Half of that is due to American aid. Source: OECD: Call centers, H1B visas, food donations, technological aid for energy needs, military aid, low or no interest loans ... Highest of any country, outright financial aid, PR aid, job creation aid....... AID AID AID and more AID.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply
  11. Blue Saffron☼

    But policies have marginalized us. Capitalism is fractured. Democracy is tainted. All that is left are our bombs and drones. That is our scripture. That is our power. That is our cuneiform.

    Out of despair emerges hope. To only those who strive. Who change ways. Who repent and build bridges to the future.

    We can do it.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
    • Mikey

      Not sure if we are upto the task. We have lost steam and our new generation is lost. But let us hope for the best.

      November 21, 2014 at 3:55 am | Reply
  12. Blue Saffron☼

    @Wild Mustang,@Harry @Gary Larouche indeed a very spirited discussion on our aid seeker India. We surely have given it a lot of money but no returns YET. Here is my take on this country.

    :::20% of women or 140 million women have been gang rhaped in India

    :::60% of men or 420 million men in India think that gang rhaping and burning the wife alive for dowry by spraying kerosene and lighting her up is acceptable.

    :::There is a rhape every 2 seconds in India

    ::: 85% of women in India have been groped, their breasts pulled like pork and a ss fingered

    ::80% of hinddoous track to rail tracks to defecate in India.

    And we give them visas to visit our country? Asking for trouble, I suppose.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:50 am | Reply
    • Sammy

      Yup sleeper cells of Indian raipists on H1B visas

      November 21, 2014 at 3:56 am | Reply
  13. Chappel H

    We certainly are a great country if only we can mend our ways.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:52 am | Reply
  14. Sammy

    Hey Mazo, did you run out of script provided by RAW? LOL.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:58 am | Reply
    • El Conquistador

      His bubble burst and ran with tail between his legs!

      November 21, 2014 at 7:34 am | Reply
  15. Sammy

    The one most successful aspect of recent American foreign policy has been the conquest of India without firing a bullet. That is the beauty of capitalism used as a Trojan Horse! Economic victory! Give them a taste of french fried and they will never settle for onion rings again. USA now owns India Inc. not only economically but also militarily including its judiciary as economic subjugation ultimately leads to total domination.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:15 am | Reply
  16. Blue Saffron☼

    The American foreign policy is based on retreat and defeat. We have become a fortress soon to be an iron curtain. Living in the shadow of Bin Laden and defined by ISIS. Ridiculed by Russia and indebted to China.

    Where do we ho from here. Into the abyss or on a highway to redemption.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:22 am | Reply
  17. Hillbilly Blue Saffron

    The American foreign policy is based on the mightiest military in human history.

    November 21, 2014 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • El Conquistador

      Ok chrissy you can show your true colors now. We all know the shenanigans you do.

      November 21, 2014 at 7:33 am | Reply
  18. Porter C

    @Mikey(yellow) I agree that Modi should be fircefully taken to The Hague and put on trial. No question about that.

    India is the best example of a failed nation that was carved out on the basis of a cult.
    Now these same cult hindoo people are busy slaughtering each other and ethnically cleansing all the other minorities including Christians and Muslims.

    Hatred, religious intolerance and violence is in the deep roots of India starting from the point where its founders used them to radicalize people to form this nation.

    November 21, 2014 at 7:24 am | Reply
  19. El Conquistador

    Democracy is a failed concept in recent times and has produced the worst band of thugs imaginable. Take the case of world's largest democracy (laughter) India. Modi, a murderer. Most of India's elected have a criminal record.
    Another guy just murdered his wife and got away. He is a minister.

    November 21, 2014 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Hillbilly Blue Saffron

      Meanwhile, Usama Bin Laden's brother dies in a freak plane crash near Houston not long after loaning family friend George W. Bush 5 million dollars to startup Arbusto Energy. And another gay priest gets caught in the act of statutory raype.

      November 21, 2014 at 7:41 am | Reply
    • rupert

      El conquistador. Is dum b and stu pid.
      Sux camel di cks

      November 21, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
  20. El Conquistador

    Democracy is what propelled America ahead and what is now keeping it behind. Need a new marketing strategy.

    November 21, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply
  21. Hillbilly Blue Saffron

    I believe Israeli MOSSAD and IDF forces are in line for The Hague. In front of Modi.
    Mazo is right on. The rest of you are morons.

    November 21, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply
  22. Duke

    Modi the Monkey should be given a banana in India and put on a boat to Hague. He is a murderer. The Intetnational Criminal Court has a slot open for his trial. Namastay

    November 21, 2014 at 8:13 am | Reply
  23. Duke

    To regain its lost platform America must find its moral roots. @Blue Saffron is sooooo right !!! And that must begin by putting Narender Singh Modi, PM of India on trial.

    November 21, 2014 at 8:35 am | Reply
  24. Tea Party Patriot

    Sarah Palin is my moral compass and guiding light.

    November 21, 2014 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • Duke

      So you must be able to see raipes going on in India from your kitchen window.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  25. rupert

    Duke. Sux to be u

    November 21, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  26. rupert

    Duke is trash like Cristobal

    November 21, 2014 at 9:27 am | Reply
  27. rupert

    Islam is a fake religion

    November 21, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
  28. rupert

    Duke has a hobby. He goes to animal shelters. Adopts dogs and sux their balls. Then lic ks blue saffron in his a.s.s crack

    November 21, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  29. Tea Party Patriot

    A growing number of us are convinced that Sarah Palin is the only one who can heal and re-unify our country. But first she must return to her motorhome and resume her cross country tour. She will have to visit cities both large and small, being careful to speak only to real Americans, dispensing her sage advice and folksy, homespun common sense solutions. We can be a great nation again if we all follow the "Palin Path".

    November 21, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
  30. rupert

    Sammy meets duke. Sammy likes duke. Duke likes sammy. Sammy sukks dukes big long di ck. Sammy swallows. Mmm good. Milk shake fit for a king.
    Right boys? Lol

    November 21, 2014 at 9:36 am | Reply
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