In Part 1, I highlighted the history leading towards the Post World War II Era, and I ended it in stating the US is not the world’s superpower any longer.
In this part, I’ll try to help explain the present dynamics although there’s simply no way to do such exhaustively.
In short, the US conducted poor policy decisions as a result that it’s political-financial class (should say caste via public-private partnerships is the foundation of Kleptocracy) that enabled US politicians to pursue expansionist policies including but not limited to refocusing the US Military towards unconventional warfare that is anti-insurgency, anti-militia, and otherwise asymmetric warfare that is dependent on establishing aerial supremacy through such as a no-fly zone against small conventional forces.
The first step in establishing a no-fly zone is grounding/destroying that conventional powers’ Air Forces, which the Syrian strike of recent memory doesn’t accomplish given the strike bombed the alleged Syrian Air Force Base warehouses and storage facilities believed to have carried out the Chemical Attack in Syrian Rebel held territory. Historically speaking, unconventional warfare loses to conventional warfare around 70% of the time in Modern History.
In the long version, the US sought to enhance public-private partnerships that benefits from expansionist political ambitions that largely benefited from both the Cold War and War On Terror, and expansionism is conquest that after 9/11 instituted trading innocent until proven guilty with guilty until proven innocent historically referenced in sacrificing rights for security. What this means is, the expansionism foreign policy boomeranged back onto the US citizens and residents. The general idea behind global citizenship centers upon expanding upon and maintaining a unilateral superpower’s rule in this case the reference to the American Empire and conduct of American Imperialism. The US foreign policy is leveraged by the European Union via the Eurozone dependency on Russian government-energy public-private merger imports that can only be decoupled by bypassing geographic choke-points along the Strait of Homuz and Horn of Africa that brings us to Syria’s revolutionary war (the Syrian rebels did not declare independence therefore cannot be considered truly a civil war) that can utilize Turkey or Eastern Med to provide a direct alternative to Russian gas-oil exports. US foreign policy is specifically designed utilizing North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) primarily Eurozone to keep New York, London, Brussels, Frankfurt, and etc from being too close within striking distance of Russia in the same fashion given the Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea are key economic centers of the global economy. With the exception of Hong Kong, Russia and China are limited to mere access to the global economy beyond China’s currency was added to the basket of reserve currencies in October 2016. China’s US debt has also been utilized to become Saudi Arabia’s principle oil importer around 2011.
To help provide a visual aid, here some maps predominantly from geology.com.