Thomas Hobbes wrote in his seminar work the Leviathan: “Reputation of power is power, because it draweth with it the adherence of those that need protection.” Indeed, those who have observed politics and government have seen that without a doubt power draws to itself more power. This is true on an individual level as people want to know people of influence to bask in that power or if we look at the same human nature response at the governmental level. Nevertheless, the loss of that power also inspires attack where those who were once fair-weather friends truly envy that power and would take great pleasure in destroying it.
This is human nature and it applies at the individual level as well as at the group level and finally national level. The US is in danger of the slow degeneration as its arrogance surpasses its reason. This was the very act that resulted in the collapse of Athens in 404BC. The divide between China and Russia has been mended by Obama with lightening speed. The rise in China’s power is inspiring many to flock to its circle. This is part of the shift in power to Asia that we should see in full swing post 2032.