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Power today is really like a three dimensional chessboard. On the top chessboard is the board of military power. And there, it's true that the United States ins the dominant country in terms of its global military reach. But if you look at the middle board of this 3 Dimensional structure, the economic board, the U.S. Europe, Japan, and China account for 2/3 of the world economy. The U.S can't do things in this area alone, it has to get the cooperation of others. If you look at the bottom of this three-demensional chessgame , the board of transnational relations, without the control of government ranging from ranging from bankers transcfering vast amounts of funds on little green screens, on one end, or hackers disrupting cyberspace at the other end, or terrorists transporting weapons of mass destruction. Nobody's in control. This part is chaotic because out military power doesn't necessarily work in those other two domains.

The New Rome Meets the New Barbarians
Some Americans are tempted to believe that the United States could reduce its vulnerability if it withdrew troops, curtailed alliances and followed a more isolationist foreign policy. But isolationism would not remove the vulnerability.
Rome wasn't taken down by another empire, but by the barbarians, and in a sense the new barbarians might be the terrorists.
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