1) Build an international financial system with your currency as the reserve.

2) A central bank which has the ability to create unlimited amounts of the currency so that it can be lent to your ‘strategic partners’.

3) When your partners screw up, make sure you invoke your superpower status in a global fund significantly financed by poorer nations to bail them out.

4) Don’t forget to use the financial leverage to garner support to bring democracy in oil-rich countries that are run by despots which in turn can increase the number of strategic partners and augment your financial resources.

5) When you see potential opposition flexing their military muscles, you become the conscience of the world cracking down on those violating international law.

Oh we love you conscientious ‘Murica!