I think it’s more a question of stating it rather than seeing it.
The American Empire is widely seen as the Hegemon in the world, albeit in decline.
The US has about 5% of the globe’s population and 20% of its economy. This is enough to dominate. Why?
If for instance a strong nation like France is dealing with the US, it’s the same as a normal man dealing with a 30 foot giant, the size of a house.
Clearly we’d deal with such a giant with huge trepidation. We’d be anxious not to piss him off. If we are dealing with him constantly in all sorts of fora, we’d quickly fall under his influence, avoiding to hurt his interests or even feelings. When dealing with others, the question what the big guy would think of it would always be on our minds.
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