Writing in the Wall Street Journal
, Walter Russell Mead, waves off the growing consensus that America is in decline: "The United States isn't in decline, but it is in the midst of a major rebalancing. The alliances and coalitions America built in the Cold War no longer suffice for the tasks ahead....[E]ven in the emerging world order, the U.S. is likely to have much more success in advancing its global agenda than many think." Well, I realize that the elites don't want to admit that their policies have failed, and that we are headed into decline. But this article is stupid even on its own terms. If you go from a situation where you only need to work with Japan and Western Europe to a situation where you are dependent on a country like China, your position in the world has obviously gotten worse. That's the very definition of what it means to be in decline. In other words, his argument actually proves that our place in the world is less desirable than it used to be. This is the type of thought that passes for serious reasoning these days, and that explains why our elites are so incompetent. Instead of trying to spin everything in a desperate effort to convince the American people that things are not so bad, they ought to be trying to make America stronger. But that would require real work, and simply making up new talking points is so much easier.