In short, the U.S. Army War College study team believe that the spread of ‘facts’ challenging the legitimacy of American empire is a major driver of its decline: not the actual behavior of the empire which such facts point to.
Pentagon study declares American empire is ‘collapsing’
Nafeez Ahmed

This sentence doesn’t make any sense. Facts are driving the decline yet actual behavior isn’t? Facts that point to a behavior are undifferentiated from the behavior. They are one and the same thing.