The Nobel prize is a joke made up by a rich man because he felt bad. I put little stock in it, especially the peace prize.
Industrialism is far from perfect. It subjugates the workers as wage slaves.
France actually has the top military in Europe besides Russia. They helped train the green berets. They are the 4th arms exporter in the world. And they have the only naval battle group outside the us.
We did not invent everything in modern existence. For example we did not invent the telephone or antibiotics, among hundreds of other notable inventions.
Multiple other country's could easily put a man on the moon today (Russia and China come to mind) but their is no reason to. Their is nothing on the moon, and its very expensive.
Going from rags to riches has always been nearly impossible in america, and is much easier in other countries today with more supportive governments.
We can "get things done" because of our military prowess. And certain country's do not listen if they don't want to. Like China, or Russia, or north Korea, or Uruguay, or countless other countries. We do what your talking about through economic manipulation and force. Its not a good thing...
Actually south Korea has its own Hollywood, people their watch allot of their movies, their are countless movies in Europe Europeans watch as well.
This is a classic example of false american exceptionality. Like how people think we have the best healthcare, but really were number 38. Right before Cuba, and like 5 or 6 after Costa Rica. If memory serves Saudi Arabia is like 18th.