I strongly suggest you read Charles Hugh Smith's recent blog post on Oil, China and his reading of Global Geopolitics:The Great Game: Geopolitics and Oil
Geopolitics is not called The Great Game without reason. The game of dominating the world's resources, nation-states and alliances is like a combination of Go and chess, with the threat of military conquest or defeat always hovering over the statecraft and financial game...
I recommend the article for two reasons. One, because I think it is a cogent analysis of how power really works (and because I agree with him on the expectations of a coming collapse in oil prices - a "head fake" that few are expecting) and because it reveals quite a number of silver linings in the stormclouds that seem to crowd the horizon.
We often dwell on the absurdities and negative aspects of the USA's current position in the world. Mr. Smith's article is a good reminder that there is still a firm base upon which to build a better country once the Great Collapse reaches its howling end point.