When you say America is a $14 trillion economy (India is approaching $2 trillion), it doesn't quite give you a sense of America's industrial might. Reviewing a book on the crucial role of America's industrial might in World War II, the Economist mentions a couple of interesting facts. In 1944, the US produced a plane every five minutes, 50 merchant ships and eight aircraft carriers a month. India commenced work on its first indigenous aircraft carrier in 2005 and it is to be commissioned in 2014! And how many fighter planes have we produced in the last 65 years?
Now, you know why talk of India becoming a superpower is poppycock. And why China is furious with American plans to move 60% of its naval strength to the Asia-Pacific region, from the current 50%