The international order that America created is now under unprecedented threat from multiple directions. Including by increasingly capable revisionist powers that this country's dissatisfied with the status quo. By Islamic extremist organizations that want to destroy our way of life. And by technologies and tactics that are reducing America's capacity to defend ourselves and our interests.
As important as those various threats are however, the world order has also been undermined by something perhaps even more pernicious. A loss of self-confidence, resolve, and strategic clarity on America's part about our vital interest in preserving and protecting the system we sacrificed so much to bring into being and have sacrificed so much to preserve.