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What happens if America goes weak?

"When Britain went into decline as the globe's stabilizing power, America was right there, ready to pick up the role," columnist Thomas Friedman wrote. "Even with all our imperfections and mistakes, the world has been a better place for it. If America goes weak, though, and cannot project power the way it has, your kids won't just grow up in a different America. They will grow up in a different world. You will not like who picks up the pieces." So who is that? "A rising superpower, called China, and a rising collection of superempowered individuals, as represented by the WikiLeakers, among others," Friedman wrote.