"No boots on the ground, no boots on the ground" that's all we hear anymore. After Iraq, of course it is.
The US has been testing a new kind of warfare for years, using drone strikes and airstrikes exclusively. If this keeps up, we will be able to maintain our empire remotely.
The next step will be zeppelins hovering over every nation 24/7, firing rockets on any gathering crowds in the name of terrorist prevention.
Yay, a steampunk totalitarian future is coming! You are welcome, world.