Wow, you really do not have a clue, do you? Know who was the leading trading partner of Germany was in 1938? Yep, France. #2 was the UK. And the #1 trading partner of Japan in 1941? Yep, the United States. Which is what pissed them off so badly when we declared an embargo on them. And military is so much more than GDP. The US military uses equipment that it has purchased, maintained and upgraded over more than 40 years. You think that having a slightly larger GDP is going to offset that in a year or two? Yea, don't even bother to reply. I only bother with people I can take seriously, and who discuss things that are actually factual. Not simply repeating some nonsensical talking points that sound like they could have come from Alex Jones. And no, a large economy is not needed for a large military. You do not seem to understand that they have little to do with each other. The USSR never had a large external economy, but look at it's military. And how can you possibly explain North Korea with that explanation? As I said, do not even bother to respond. You are so far off the course you can not even see the fairway.