America spends lot of money on keeping our international situation reasonably stable; thus, one of the unfortunate consequences of the problems we’re facing with the federal budget is the fact we will, eventually, have to trim the budgets of the agencies that exert American influence abroad. These budget cuts, if and when they are implemented, will very likely have a negative impact on the ability of America’s diplomats and its military to influence the outside world.
The key questions are:
Can we afford to sustain the “Pax Americana”?
Can we afford not to sustain the “Pax Americana”?
Can we find cheaper and more effective ways to sustain the current world order and keep it from degenerating into the threatened chaos of trade wars, real wars, piracy, terrorism, and failed states?