Again...I would prefer to not have to be involved in such things.
The reality is the United States is a Hyperpower. This word has been assigned to the U.S. by China and Russia as they feel the word Superpower no longer is a strong enough word.
Because of the fact that the U.S. Economy is not only the worlds largest but as well many countries entire economies depend upon the sales of imports to the United States...as is the case with China as it has been determined that if the U.S. stopped purchasing imported goods from China...the Chinese economy would collapse within a WEEK....since the U.S. Economy and U.S. purchases of Imported Goods from many many countries is VITAL to the economies of almost every country on Earth...as well as the fact the U.S. Military and Navy maintains the safety of the entire worlds Ocean Trade Routes...as well U.S. Aid in the form of Food, Fresh Water, Medicine and Medical Supplies keeps alive over 2 Billion People around the globe...as well just about EVERY SINGLE DEVELOPMENT of products specific to ECONOMIC ENGINES...which are necessary to create economic growth on a Global Scale have been developed and created and marketed from the United States and U.S. Based Companies.
Such Economic Engines are the INTERNET, PERSONAL COMPUTERS, CELL PHONES AND THEIR NETWORKS, COMPUTER SOFTWARE, MICROSOFT OPERATING SYSTEMS, INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES, WINDOWS AND APPLE CREATED SYSTEMS, MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT, SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY AND SATELLITE BASED COMMUNICATION...ETC....the list goes on and on.
If for some reason the U.S. and U.S. Military were to vanish...the entire WORLD would spiral into a total state of CHAOS in short order.
We have been doing the job of World Policeman and doing the job of Economic Engine Creator for so long that even if other countries found themselves without the United States...they wouldn't know what to do or where to begin to fill our role.
Case in point...after the collapse of the Soviet Union...Russia under Yeltsin notified the U.S. State Department that an issue that if not handles would result in Nuclear Proliferation as well as the possibility of Reactor Meltdowns and Radioactive Weapons leakage and Neutron Damage.
Because the Soviet Union split up...Soviet Nuclear Stockpiles were now spread out over many now independent Nations that were not a part of the New Russia. Tens of Thousands of Nuclear Warheads designed as Gravity Bombs, Artillery Shells, MIRVED Missiles, Suitcase Bombs...etc...were no longer considered Security Safe and since the Russians did not have the money to deal with this issue as well countries like the Ukraine and the like REFUSED to deal with Russia as they wanted MONEY if the Russians wanted these Nukes back.
As well Nuclear Reactor Fuel and spent Fuel Rods were starting to build up at reactor sites and Nuclear Warheads must be MAINTAINED as their Nuclear Fueled Cores will degrade as Neutrons decay from such fuel.
The United States...the ONLY country with both the expertise and money to handle this problem as well as the only country that other Nations such as the Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan would trust to receive Nuclear Weapons...detailed LINK...http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/crs/91-144.htm
If not for the United States Military and DOE personal going to these former Soviet States and dismantling and destroying these tens of thousands of Nuclear Weapons...I am certain that if this had not been done a terrorist group would have by now detonated Nuclear Weapons in several areas of the World.
Now there is NO OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH...that has either the capability, experienced personal, military capability, logistical capability, money or TRUST given to it by even FORMER SOVIET STATES to do the right thing in DESTROYING ALL THESE WEAPONS AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS rather than keeping them or selling them.
Even our former adversary the Russians...had total trust and confidence that the United States would properly destroy these Nuclear Weapons and Delivery Systems as when Boris Yeltsin was asked if he was worried about if the American's might keep these Nuclear Weapons and Delivery Systems and this question was asked specifically about Soviet SLBM's....Sub Launched Ballistic Missiles...Yeltsin said...Why should we worry about that? The Americans have thousands upon thousands of their own Nuclear Weapons and why would the United States want to keep our Inferior Nuclear MIRVED SLBM's when they have the Trident Systems aboard their Ohio Class subs and have sold the Trident System's to the British who have Trident in their Vanguard Class Subs?
Yeltsin went on to say...Russia is broke and we cannot afford to pay these countries for these Soviet Era Nuclear Weapons that are now existing no longer in the Soviet Union but in independent Nations. These Nations have agreed to allow the Americans to remove and destroy them so let the Americans pay these countries. Russia accepts, condones and agrees that it is an absolute necessity that these Nuclear Weapons and their delivery systems are properly destroyed and their Nuclear Material properly and safely removed, monitored and documented for use in Nuclear Power Generation.
Since Russia cannot afford to do this there is but only ONE other country capable of providing the money and manpower and expertise to undertake such a massive and complex project. That would be the United States.
OK. Keep killing then.