Herland Report: Dmitry Orlov made the point 16 years ago in his article “Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century” returning to the US after observing the Soviet collapse.
He wrote back then: “A decade and a half ago the world went from bipolar to unipolar, because one of the poles fell apart: The S.U. is no more. The other pole – symmetrically named the U.S. – has not fallen apart – yet, but there are ominous rumblings on the horizon. The collapse of the United States seems about as unlikely now as the collapse of the Soviet Union seemed in 1985.”