The USA is the Rodney Dangerfield of transnational set: it gets no respect. It gets no respect because it acts like the oft-maligned beta provider chump.
The Unites States provides the major funding for various international bodies (UN etc.). It is always willing to offer a plaintive “how can I make it better?” to the slightest complaint of the slightest country. It responds to each world crisis with a “how can I help?” To be the “nice guy” is all it really wants. It certainly does not want appear the alpha it should be.
What benefit does it receive for all of this generosity, white-knighting, supplicating, and all around niceness? Nothing!
The rest of the world treats the United States as the beta chump it is. It will take its money, call it when some bad boy country is causing trouble, and look to it to solve every little emotional crisis. However, it will never earn respect while it remains a beta provider. There is nothing the transnational types would love more than a divorce with heavy alimony: the US provides the funds but otherwise has little say in family affairs.
The US needs to become Country Renegade. It needs to play like Skittles man (fund your own damn United Nations), it needs to play aloof (return crisis calls with a bring the movies text), and it needs to be friends only with those that are nice to it (alliances with sweet submissive countries).
The US is the biggest alpha of them all; it just needs to get some game.