It’s hard to say when exactly America started to decline. Some would say that it began during the 60’s with the Vietnam War, while others would suggest that it happened when Nixon took our currency off of the gold standard. Others still would place the date closer to home, with the dot-com crash, the Iraq War, or the housing collapse. On the other hand, you could say that the seeds of our destruction were really sown when the Federal Reserve came into being.
In any case, nobody who’s paying attention can deny that America is in serious decline. Our infrastructure is crumbling, our schools are failing our children, our borders are porous and our ability to vet immigrants is practically nonexistent, public and private debts are soaring, the purchasing power of the dollar is slowly slipping away as the middle class is being hollowed out, and our military is stretched thin across the world.
And that’s a short list of the problems we face. The United States is clearly an empire in decline, which should be obvious enough to any American citizen who does their homework. But what about our own government? Surely, they’d never admit that their own system is crumbling?
In a way, yes they would, though they won’t come out and say that America is falling apart. They will admit however, that other rival powers are on the path to surpassing the United States, in terms of economic and military prowess. They try to frame it as if America isn’t keeping up with their progress, rather than saying that America is falling behind.
And by “they” I mean the Pentagon. According to their research division, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), by 2035 the United States will no longer be able to throw its weight around the world with impunity. We will be surpassed by a number of nations, not just Russia and China.
“The future world order will see a number of states with the political will, economic capacity, and military capabilities to compel change at the expense of others,” reads the paper entitled “The Joint Force in a Contested and Disordered World.”
“Rising powers including for example, China, Russia, India, Iran, or Brazil have increasingly expressed dissatisfaction with their roles, access, and authorities within the current international system,” it states.
And once they try to compel change, Washington is going to quickly lose its grasp on the nations of the world. The US government will be challenged on every front, as these ‘revisionist states’ begin to form their own regional alliances.
“Although seemingly insignificant today, organizations such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Eurasian Economic Union could grow as China, Russia, India, and others turn to these multinational groups to reorder international rules in their favor.”
“Demographic and fiscal pressures will continue to challenge NATO’s capacity and capability,” the paper warns. “In Asia, perceptions of reduced US commitment may encourage current allies and partners to pursue unilateral military modernization efforts or explore alternative alliances and partnerships.”
In other words, by the year 2035, the United States will no longer be the world’s sole superpower. And not only that, the idea of a sole superpower will be laughable. Instead there will be multiple regional powers. The United States will probably still be able to dominate North America, but Brazil will rule the roost in South America, and Asia will be hotly contested between China, Iran, India and Russia.
Given the current state of the EU, it’s not exactly clear if any single nation will be dominating Western Europe, and there’s no way of knowing if a major regional power will pop up in Africa. But there’s one thing that cannot be denied. The sun is setting on the American empire, and rising on the rest of the world.
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