Gregory Djerejian's politics, needless to say, are not my own, but I respect a man who'll stand foursquare against the gale of his past errors and say not only, "I was wrong," but, "Here is how," and, "Here is why." He's written an excellent post on a subject much favored by the ol' Preacher of Ecclesiastes: Vanity.
Still, though I consider it an excellent summation, I take issue with an error at the heart of it, because it's a self-begetting error which, unless recognized, will show a straight road to be a loop:
But I digress, as we were speaking of vanity, meaning really a decadent self-satisfaction, an arrogant refusal to admit mistakes, a bloated sense of American exceptionalism. The irony is, what other country can assume a responsible mantle of world leadership at this turbulent time, if not us? Certainly not China, or the EU, or Russia, or anyone else.Perhaps the world doesn't need a leader.
Perhaps seeking after such title is itself the source of our doom, eh?
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?