This passage stood
out to me in Fareed Zakaria's excellent article ("Our Way
") in the new New Yorker
Perhaps most important, Roosevelt and Truman, having lived through the nineteen-thirties, knew how fragile the international system was and believed that it needed support. Having reaped the fruits of this systemâupheld by all successive Presidents of both partiesâwe have come to believe that stability is natural. But the world order put into place by the United States in the past half centuryâan order based on alliances, organizations, and norms â functions largely because of the respect paid to it by its superpower creator. Without that support, it will crumble into chaos.
It's worth pondering. Also check out this brief Talk of the Town piece
on George Kennan, the now-98 year old conceptualizer of 'containment', and the passing of his doctrine. It's good, really