Since all that money is not giving us the "primacy" that Ignatius thinks we deserve, could we consider another strategy? Instead of trying to have the kind of "primacy" that will allow the United States to rule the world, let's cut back on all that military expenditure, and spend only for items that are truly and uniquely focused on "defending" the United States from direct attacks made on our country from outside, and/or use that money for projects that would improve public health and safety, and restore and refurbish our failing infrastructure.
If we did that, we could let others compete for primacy elsewhere. How's that for an idea?
A picture I saw on Facebook, relating to the coronavirus crisis, is true in other contexts, too. Think about the message conveyed by this wall-size poster art. It's time for a change, and giving up our quest for military "primacy" and world domination could let us succeed in many other areas more worthy of our attention - areas much more close to home!
(2) - https://www.facebook.com/GreenNewDeal/