The fact that they are attempts, and that the terrorist support does not create allies for the US government, and so forth, proves that the US government - whatever it is, deep State or whatever - is not and has not been ruling the world. Trying, maybe, but not ruling. Note that the US as a government had more imperial control over the Americas before, not after, WWII. The US spreading itself thin, attempting to take over colonial roles where Britain (China) and France (Vietnam) had pulled back, cost it power in its back yard. Smaller hostile States can achieve MAD level capability among each other at fairly low cost - India and Pakistan, Pakistan and Israel, for example. That is a serious threat if there are many of them with interlocking treaties - the Peace of Westphalia launched what led to WWII, eventually, with many in between. It already has led to an arms race, or several depending on who's counting (Israel/Iran, currently). Objectivity, like "reputation", gets you very little in these circumstances. Relying on objectivity, of the variety that assumes irrationalities are random and will cancel out, is utopian. This: is utopian. If you assume heads of State and CEOs of corporations and Godfathers of mafias will behave like that - in the public interest or even their own - you are utopian. It's not going to be a product of a rational, objective decision to do evil, like a Clinton or Obama would make. Rulers like Trump maximize it - and multipolarity involving them is a dangerous situation: they live in hierarchies only, the question of who is to be top dog is central to their dealings, and they are optimistic by nature. Trump has no internal controls preventing him from launching nuclear weapons - no vision or larger sense of how things work. He is curbed by force, by threat and other power, only. And his perceptions of power are skewed - diplomatic and moral influence, "reputation", long term consequences even, play only smaller roles in his assessments. Look at whom he chooses for associates, his environmental policies, his alliances with the Russian mob.