I'm not saying that there aren't downsides to the US going down in flames, but assuming that a power vacuum is always worse than the status quo is unwise. Iraq was a relatively stable dictatorship that didn't pose a major threat. The US is not content on just screwing over its own people, or even just its neighbors, but instead is causing global chaos on multiple fronts.
Plus, we're not a balanced power, and global power would be closer to equilibrium if the US fell down significantly. The US today is the horrific result of the power vacuum created by the fall of the USSR. And yeah, we'd ideally want to get off the petrodollar and other such things before a collapse.
Let me once again clarify, I would very much rather the US NOT go down in flames. And all that it really takes is for reasonable adults to be in charge. But both parties have been fighting tooth and nail against that for decades, which may mean that there is no longer a reason for the world to maintain hope that we'll get our shit together.
You agree with me on a number of points. I want to stop selling arms to horrible people. "Moderate rebels" are basically always horrible people. I agree with cutting off the Saudis.
The major points of disagreement seem to be on Israel and the US. The US topped an international Reuters poll as the biggest threat to world peace by a wide margin, and basically everybody but the US hates Israel. As far as the 'real world' goes, it would seem that you are deluded by virtue of being in the American bubble, and falling victim to old propaganda.
Our posture is fucking horrific. We support Israel even when they blatantly violate international law. We've long sided with Saudi Arabia, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. We overthrew Iraq, creating ISIS. We're largely responsible for arming a good chunk of the terrorists in the world. Yeah, Russia does shitty things, but our problems are big enough that our first concern should be fixing our own problems. Not understand that, along with the unbelievable hubris of the Clintonites, is why the Democrats got their asses kicked in this election, and why they've been getting their asses kicked for so long.
As it stands right now, the best thing that could happen for world peace is for the US to go down in flames. I would rather that not happen, but if we listen to people like you instead of behaving like adults, the rational choice for the world at large is to get rid of us.
"Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth." -- Milton