Foreign Policy: My parents, who have now passed
away, were both born around the start of World War I. They were of
the “greatest generation” that came to adulthood during the
depression and World War II. They grew up in a world where it was
us and other democracies against the fascists and imperialists
across the oceans. We had the white hats. They wore the black hats.
The white hats won. It was all pretty clear.
I was born in 1955, square in the middle of the “baby boom”
generation. We came of age during the Cold War and the Vietnam War.
It was still pretty clear. There were 3 worlds: us with the white
hats, the communists with the black hats, and the “third world”
that we and the communists fought over. The Vietnam War was
America’s first experience with a conflict that arguably did not
result in the defeat of the opposition, which spoiled our air of
invincibility. But, our objective for the Cold War, as Ronald
Reagan famously described, was, “We win. They lose”. And, that is
what happened. Also pretty clear.
After the Cold War came the “peace dividend” and a hope, if not
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