The big deal for me is that the U.S. will bankrupt itself trying to fight the new reality instead of embracing it and taking the initiative in downsizing its military. A visionary U.S. leader would recognize the coming change and, instead of passively riding the downward slope to second rate military status, proactively withdraw from our superpower status and spend the dividend on finding an economic niche for success as China's junior partner. The UK won a reprieve from economic irrelevance when North Sea oil went online. Now that they've become a net oil importer, there's very little to stop it from becoming another Portugal or Greece. A quaint, out of the way tourist destination for richer Europeans who don't like beach vacations. What the U.S. chiefly has going for it right now is its ability to export grain. Underneath it all, we were a glorified agrarian society, and now we can slowly go back to being that overtly unless we come up with a plan B.