U.S. diplomats, especially those with knowledge of the Mideast and Arab world, know America is in decline.
Two Americans with expertise in international relations had interviews last week concerning the unfortunate events and situation in the Mideast. Their basic point: America has no "cards" to play. We no longer have the same influence we had before. One pointed out that Egypt's new head met with Chinese diplomats first, not those from the United States.
America does not have to be #1 to prosper in this century, but we DO have to realize we are not #1 in order to prosper.