I'm not surprised nobody mentioned Israel, with the constant existential threats it faces. But despite the mammoth spending necessary on the military, it's managed to avoid a recession over the last four years. It's future is bright with the discovery of oil and gas reserves that might make it an exporter within a couple of years. And most importantly, (SURPRISE!) they're willing to do what it takes to defend themselves. Like him or not like him, fact is that the Israeli Prime Minister is now the leader of the free world.