© Brad Holland
Consummate insider Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson - former chief of staff to Colin Powell, and now distinguished adjunct professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary - notes that the U.S. is exhibiting all of the signs of a failing empire, including:
  • Relying on massive military force (and using gigantic complexes to support it) as the be-all and end-all of power, and belittling diplomacy
  • Maintaining standing armies, instead of disbanding military forces between wars
  • Using more mercenary forces than citizen troops
  • Spending disproportionately large amounts of blood and treasure in order to counter threats on the status quo ... which simply exacerbates the threat against the empire
  • Going ethically and morally bankrupt
  • Ending up up having bankers and financiers end up running the real power
  • Suffering great hiccups in finance and trade
  • The leaders no longer really believe in or follow the ideals of the founders

The U.S. is also following the age-old recipe for imperial decline by: And the decline of the America empire is speeding up due the U.S. falling into the Thucydides trap.