A very insightful analysis. To compare the US influence in the 1940s to the current times, would however be not fair, given that the world then was carved between the European nations and the views would not have been as divergent as today's where the world is a kaleidoscope of cultures, ethnicity and mindsets. That apart, in the modern context, various US govt initiatives have not quite met with favour in the new dispensations around the world. The US rides high, but they are themselves filled with doubt now that they do not appear as the indisputable leader of the world. What does the future hold for the US? How will that impact India?