The World After Obama

In 1992, Francis Fukuyama predicted the End of History.  What we have instead is the return of history, with a vengeance.  President Obama will leave in his wake a weakened America, confronting an unstable and dangerous world. While the West's attention is turned inward at its troubled economies, out there among the other 85% of the global population, a lot of chickens are coming home to roost.  American chickens. Voters could benefit from a different focus.  In Present at the Creation, his memoir of his years as U.S. secretary of state from 1949-1953, Dean Acheson wrote as follows concerning the challenges facing American statesmen after the Allied victory in World War II: "Only slowly did it dawn on us that the whole world structure and order that we had inherited...was gone[.]" We may be at such a world-historical moment again, akin to the Versailles Conference, the Congress of Vienna, the Congress of Berlin, and the end of the Second World War.  It's more...(Read Full Article)

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