I don't think that's the point of the discussion. At least for me it's not.
There are some who feel, with possibly some truth to it, that our currency and position as the world "leader" is being threatened and that includes, by the European Union. The strength of the Euro, our trade deficits with Europe, as well as world wide give some creedence to the thought.
For me, it surfaced as one of Saddam's games during the "Oil For Food" program, when he said he wanted his payments in Euros instead of dollars. That certainly was gamesmanship on his part, but how much? There certainly was discussion on the matter and I think it was France, but maybe some others, who got a little ego boost out of it, and with some of the international currency issues, it's not so far fetched as it once would have been. If you look at the Asian countries collectively, then the EU, then the US, then our deficits (what we owe) to both of them, we're NOT in the driver's seat as we once were and as many of our ill-informed citizens continue to believe. And I DON'T mean military. You don't control the world that way.
It was that and the follow up discussions with economists, ambassadors, and others, on some very real situations that we are in with our deficits, then Bush's (to me) unexplained dismissal and ignorant treatment of our historic European allies, that make me start wondering if maybe THAT'S what it's all about. This first occurred to me a little over a year ago but was only my own musings based on various things I learned. I don't know, haven't formed a final opinion, but haven't dismissed that possibility either. Conspiracy theorists can go crazy with this stuff but I'd be curious if there's any more real solid info on the subject.
Funny thing, and why I asked Maley what got him interested, is that I didn't read anything with this specific conclusion but came upon it myself as different facts surfaced in widely varying sources and topics, that suddenly struck me as possibly related. Apparently it did someone else too, or maybe there's more real information out there on the topic. I'd be curious to hear.
.... and this is the "STUFF" I talk about as being REAL IMPORTANT while we get fed the bones like constitutional ammended gay bashing and flag burning that is SUCH a NO NEVER MIND in the big picture. There's real things to worry about and be informed about. Bush's and Kerry's extensive military carreers ain't one of them. THIS IS! Whether or not it's why we're at war, it's a VERY REAL issue that will effect us and our kids and it's not easy to get a thorough news report on it. We're too busy with the stupid shit, thinkin' we're all informed.