Okay, considering the following:
America's debt to China grows daily as the war in Iraq drags on
China has a population of more than 1.3 billion
China will be the world's largest market for automobiles in the next decade
China could be the world's largest exporter by 2010
. . . I think it's safe to say that this little maneuver will go down in history as the last throes of an obstinate, arrogant superpower as it begins to lose all hold on global domination and is slowly overtaken by the new economic juggernaut in Asia.
The Neocons messed up here- although it's hard to say that any forethought may have saved them. They forgot that while "resolve," "democracy," "liberty" and all that are great poetic concepts, they don't pay the tab when the bill comes for anti-aircraft missiles and Humvees. They spent away any promise of continued dominance, and continue to spend away any hope for reassertion as they keep taking out loans from the Chinese.
Add to this the dominance of America's Anti-Science Right and you have a recipe for decline.
No innovation. No money. A stubborn refusal to commit to the use of new energy options (while China makes this a priority). I can't help but think this is all leading us down the same path that porous borders, lead pipes, inbreeding and barbarian influences led the Romans.