Petro dollar. We're scamming the rest of the world basically
America is a country.......Are you speaking citizens or political agendas ?
As per the Japanese Admiral that headed the bombing of Pearl Harbor "I am afraid that we have awakened a sleeping giant". WWII brought us the rest of the way out of the Great Depression. That endeavor taught us how to build things on a grand scale. The rest is history.
Because we r@ped, stole, and bullied to get this way.