Lots of interesting comments here.

I don't think most here realize just how unstable, dysfunctional, and corrupt most of the rest of the world is, and always has been (especially the USSR, dcarrig)

It's all relative. And as an American Expat living abroad, I'll tell you all this, as I chuckle.

I used to think like many here. But seeing how things are abroad, and meeting many people from abroad, and hearing their stories, I'll say this:

Don't worry about the US. In most of the world's countries, an extremely corrupt form of the keystone cops are in charge.

Believe me.