America's last 10 years might be called “The Decade the Locusts Ate." A nation that started with a credible claim to lead a second American century lost its way after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Whether the nation will continue on a path of decline, or, alternatively, find our way to recovery and renewal, is uncertain.
Allison, Graham. "The Costs of America’s Choices." Boston Globe, September 10, 2011.