The day-to-day focus of the media on some individual problem or event cannot disguise the fact that the USA makes decisions from day-to-day on a piecemeal basis. It wins tactical victories with no clear strategic impact or lasting impact on regional stability. It reacts in the short-term, and U.S. grand strategy is little more than the chaos dictated by external events.
Rather than join the struggle of imperial rivalries, the United States could use its emerging power to suppress those rivalries altogether. The United States has grown and emerged quite suddenly, as a novel kind of ‘super-state,’ exercising a veto over the financial and security concerns of the other major states of the world.
“At the very moment that the number one nation has perfected the science of killing, It has become an impractical means of political domination.”
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