Don't get me wrong, I believe in world trade, but to a limited degree. For one, we should be extremely selective about the countries we want supporting our nation. I mean, is there any situation where we would want our military depending on an enemy to supply our goods?
So what brings this up??? The International Space Station.
A day or so ago, the Russians threatened to ban the United States from using the ISS. Later, they said they might just unplug their systems and abandon the whole deal. And of course, this all started because of the situation in the Ukraine. That sparked more debates about whether or not Russia would take its equipment from the ISS and go home. It's a big tit-for-tat debacle that probably doesn't mean more than just words, but it shows the vulnerability that we have.
As a side note, did you know that the F-35 was made using parts imported from China (an obvious deviation from the "buy American act)? To take it a step further, the part that was imported (a microchip) has a Trojan virus installed on it?
John Reed (http://defensetech.org/2012/05/30/smoking-gun-proof-that-military-chips-from-china-are-infected/) said it best when he said "When people warn of the potential for widespread disruption from cyber espionage and warfare, they’re not just crying wolf."
So what type of products do you want to bring into your home?
Let me know in the comments section. If I've got it all wrong, hey, I'm all ears.