If the above suggestion is as unpalatable to you as it should be, then you must realize that the world,
not just America, the world will either get a new and improved Pax Americana or damn well wish that it had. We are the only entity that can provide the sort of defining force that can keep conflicts from declining into an international state of nature. Right now the Armed Forces need a re-capitalization program. To wit: 800 F22s, 2400 F35s, 600 turboprop Skyraiders, move both missle defense and strategic bombardment into space and onto the moon, keep 5 carrier groups on station in each hemisphere and expand to the ground forces to 6 million split 1/3 regulars and 2/3s reserves. Now that will be a force to be reckoned with.