It's the progressive way:
Here is a quote found in Trevor Loudon's book "The Enemies Within". With nearly 700 pages, you will find the following quote in the prologue, beginning @mid 3rd paragraph...
"...The reality is that if America loses its comic dynamism, its ability to generate huge wealth, it will inevitably also lose its military superiority.
If America loses its position as the world's number one military super power, who will take its place?
The Universe abhors a vacuum. If America is no longer the world's leading military power, someone else will be.
Realistically, that can only be Russia or China, or more likely, an alliance of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. Such an alliance is already partially built through the little publicized Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Founded in 2001, the SCO is an economic, political and military alliance binding Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
SCO "Observer" states include Iran, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Afghanistan.
"Dialogue Partners" include Sri Lanka and Belarus.
Add to those neo-communist ruled countries such as South Africa and Brazil, the Latin American leftist ruled nations such as Equador and Argentina, most of the Islamic nations and international Islamic terrorism, and you have a huge potential power bloc. All allied against the United States.
As the U.S. Dollar slowly sinks and America's prestige and power goes with it, Russia, China, and Iran grow bolder. America's allies such as Israel, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Britain, Germany, Poland, and Georgia , can all see the writing on the wall. The message is clear. Every man for himself, or make your peace with the "Evil Axis".
America's allies are looking at the leadership coming out of Washington and they are horrified.
If America got into a major war with Russia or China tomorrow, many of them would stay neutral. If Russia, China, Iran and all their allies all attacked a weakened and disarmed America in ten years time, it's hard to imagine anyone coming to Uncle Sam's aid. Some current "friends" may even join the anti-U.S. alliance. The Western alliance would struggle to win WWIII today. In another decade, there may be no Western alliance left to even fight.
If America continues down the current path of impoverishment and disarmament, it is only a matter (of) time before combined forces of Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Vietnam, and their Islamic protégés come to dominate the planet.