20:13 GMT11 July 2020
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    Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to the US Secretary of State, argued that the US is losing its importance as a world power. According to him, the use of mercenaries instead of regular soldiers has always been typical for the decline of an empire, DWN reported.

    Wilkerson believes that the future of the US military power looks very pessimistic. In his speech to students at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas he said that shortly before their demise, empires concentrate on the use of military force as the alpha and omega of their power.

    According to Wilkerson, empires also start to use mercenaries instead of regular soldiers when they are about to collapse. This was the case in Syria, when the US financed rebels and contributed to the deterioration of the situation.

    The newspaper wrote that Wilkerson’s statements are similar to those of former US diplomat Cullen Murphy, the author of the book "Are we Rome?".

    Like Wilkerson, Murphy wrote that disinterest of a world power in the rest of the world is a typical sign of its decay.

    The US media has begun to criticize the US military’s activities as well and talk about the end of the US’ hegemony.

    “The question is not whether the United States will lose its unchallenged global power, but just how precipitous and wrenching the decline will be,” CBS News wrote.


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