What utter garbage. All this talk of our needing "influence" in the world is a BS code word. The only "influence" our NATION has is in this context is what you garner from making threats. "Influence" is code for extortion.
Why do we need "influence" to compete in a marketplace? American companies can compete by COMPETING. And by the way, if you want to make big bets overseas with lots of capital? RISK IT YOURSELF! The world is a dangerous place. If someone renegs on a contract and you need force, lobby for it or hire mercenaries. Leave the American soldier out of it. You don't cut him in on your private profits, leave him out of the risk.