Please see this article: The End of the American Empire by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Mr. Freeman summarizes American foreign policy in a way that very, very few people can. What Amb Freeman does so brilliantly is arrange and summarize the most important facts in such a way that the reader comes away feeling properly briefed and the direction we should take is perfectly clear. If only every American could read this.
As it happens, he also bolsters the case for an internet based election system that will allow us to replace the whole rotten system. It can be done