The USA is not supposed to compare itself to lesser countries to feel good about itself.
Since WWI US policy has always been to set the best laws and follow them, compare its success to itself and declare whether or not it was doing well. If it wasn't, it was time to try harder.
Until the NSA took over, Eisenhower left the political scene (with a warning) and fraidey-cat politics became de rigueur. So now you have to compare yourselves to Russia and China to feel better.
What a pity.