So, the end-product of a strong economy is a strong nation, where unlimited capital is available to strenghten its stands, socially and militarily.
Above all, you just can't live on laser beam and bullets, and the U.S. did just that right after World War II. It was the period of solid economic growth that lead the U.S. to becoming a superpower.
So now, it has become knowledge to all that the U.S. is struggling to come to terms with a rising China, whose greatest strength, even during a global recession, is not military, but rather its unprecented growth economically. Therein, too, lies its greatest threat to U.S. interests.
I do see as to what you're saying, but in my view there will always be some strategic balance exist somewhere in between.
The fools are those little blood thirsty mosquitoes who are foolish enough to think that any of the superpowers is willing to attack one another on their behalf.
They are nothing but little pieces to be played on the superpowers'chessboard.
When it's all said and done, it is simply: YOU TAKE THIS AND I WILL TAKE THAT.
That's the way it has been all along and that's the way it's going to be.