That's an interesting point, Claymore.
But many of us don't care all that much about what the situation "means to us as a world power." That's because many of us suspect that "world power" is going to mean that a few persons who are well-connected in Washington get to push foreigners around and that the great majority of us, who are not so well-connected and do not work in the aerospace or weapons technology industries, get to pay for it. And some of us are concerned we will be understandably, even if unjustly, hated by all those foreigners who get kicked around. And maybe get shot by terrorists, if we aren't careful, because brutality begets more brutality. Foreigners, in the main, do not appreciate being pushed around.
Ordinary Danes do not suffer because Denmark is not a "world power." Ordinary Frenchmen did not benefit a lot because of Louis XIV's power. Ordinary Russians did not benefit from the "power" of the Soviet Union. Ordinary Germans . . . Do you get my drift? I strongly suspect you won't get my drift, Claymore. But what the hell.