I've long pondered what would happen if the US walked away and said, "We'll be back to talk to whatever is left standing."
That said, I've always loved this joke ...
Things are going badly for Israel. The economy is in a tail spin, inflation is getting higher and immigrants are flooding in from all over. Problems, problems, problems, but what to do?
So the Knesset holds a special session to come up with a solution. After several hours of talk without progress one member stands up and says "Quiet everyone, I've got it, the solution to all our problems. "What?"
We'll declare war on the United States. "Every one is shouting at once. "You're nuts! That's crazy!" "Hear me out!" says the minister. "We declare war. We lose. The United States does what she always does when she defeats a country. She rebuilds everything; our highways, airports, shipping ports, schools, hospitals, factories, and loans us money, and sends us food aid. Our problems would be over.
"Sure," says another minister, "that's if we lose. But what if we win?"