You might want to check out this interview with Singapore’s prime minister at Politico. I wish more Americans and, especially, American politicians were as optimistic about America’s prospects as he is. Here’s the conclusion:
SG: When you go around to Beijing and the other capitals in the region, what are they misunderstanding about the United States? I think there is a question about whether China is betting on American decline, for example.
PM: Many of them don’t realize how resilient the United States is, and they think that after the global financial crisis, you are done for, and well, suitable obsequies will be spoken, and then a new power will rise. But I’ve told them that is not so and it’s a very resilient country and it has tremendous energy and creativity and drive, and it’s going to bounce back. It may be now tired of wars and battles, but it will come back; it has done so before. I think there’s also a perception in China particularly that America is trying to circumscribe it, restrict it, even contain it from taking its rightful place in the world. I don’t think any American leader wants to do that.