The fact that the United States spends far more on its military than any other country hasn’t stopped its global imperialist grip from slipping throughout the last half century. No matter how much money Washington has thrown at its armed forces, it’s remained in a geopolitical position that the Pentagon itself admitted in a 2017 report to be rapidly diminishing.
It’s failed to prevent Vietnam from becom ing socialist, to the effect that it now lacks what would be a useful southeast Asian military ally in its cold war against China. It’s lost Russia as a client state due to the rise of Vladimir Putin. It’s found itself increasingly overtaken by a new multi-polar world order led by China. Its reckless invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in decreased international respect for Washington and a galvanization of anti-imperialist solidarity within southwest Asia to Iran’s benefit. Its sanctions on Xinjiang have lost it all political influence within China by alienating the Chinese masses from Washington.
If the imperialist beast can be so weakened by its own contradictions despite its unparalleled military strength, and if this process of imperial decline isn’t even near its most severe stage yet, an equivalent implosion can occur for the U.S. military during its attempts to retain internal control amid the coming decades of instability. Brute force isn’t enough to keep the imperialists in power. There have to be the right social, economic, and environmental factors in place. And when those factors are lost, a breakdown occurs in the empire’s functionings.