The idea that the American Century is over may seem well founded. At home, the financial meltdown and imminent deep recession have exposed massive policy, regulatory, and enforcement failures. Overseas, the United States confronts partly self-inflicted dangers in the vast quadrangle bordered by Kurdistan, the Gaza Strip, Somalia, and Pakistan, alongside challenges from rising powers now coming into their own. Yet there are reasons for optimism: Barack Obama's presidency could usher in an era of renewed American global leadership.
Dujarric, Robert, and Andy Zelleke. "The American Century Isn't Over." The Christian Science Monitor, January 7, 2009.