If the U.S. would avoid some of these dangers, its leaders would do well to ignore what Haass recommends.
TL;DR for Haass, being the hegemony isn't just the best thing. It's the only thing
It is hard to know which is the greater evil in producing the "most dangerous situation since WWII"--our global sanctions crusades or our global arms trades and drone wars. Together these have set half the world against us quite forthrightly and certainly must leave even the lapdogs of Europe wondering how long they can remain our unquestioning allies.