"When my mother first visited me in DC, and I lived in Arlington, Virginia near the two (former) USA Today high rises as they were being constructed. She commented that building materials and structures in the US are not strong enough. She felt that they were like toy buildings. She is right, I feel."
I am a structural engineer with over 40-years experience in the design of buildings, especially those designed to withstand strong earthquakes.
I can categorically say that the US building codes are the most stringent in the world, including Japan and Europe. They are constantly updated to reflect actual experience from strong earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
If an earthquake such as the 1994 Northridge earthquake in California occurred in the Middle East, fatalities would have been in the thousands.
For the Lousy Arab to make such a flippant comment about a subject he knows nothing about is revealing about his temperament and personality: he knows it all! Keep that in mind when you read his next political analysis.