It just could be that "Pax Americana" was only a mirage that appeared before the eyes of Washington's élite just when the U.S.A. became, in their own words, "the world's only remaining superpower". It just could be that The United States of America is like a drowning man whose thrashings in Iraq are the last desperate attempt of a fool who is going down for the third time.
"The Great Victory" of 1945 was followed by 1) Korea, 2) Vietnam 3). Iraq . . . blub