"The United States appears to be entering another era of dangerous internal instability similar to the one it endured in the 1960s-1970s.......Our enemies increasingly may gamble that provocations won't elicit a U.S. reaction. Or that even if America did respond, the resulting domestic divisions and turmoil would diminish the effectiveness of the response.
Add to the equation record debt and vast cuts in the defense budget, and our enemies may conclude that we are Rome of AD 500, Britain of the late 1940s, or Russia of the 1980s.
To be blunt, America's vulnerable post-war global order may already seem to those abroad to be bloated carrion ready to be picked apart by opportunistic vultures." — Victor Davis Hanson