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A nation must think before it acts.
“The United States, as McDougall sees it, is not merely struggling with the problems that beset great powers in every age. In recent years it has shown itself especially ill-equipped to handle such problems. ‘The frustrating, protracted Cold War demanded vigilance, mobilization, global engagement, steely nerves, strong stomachs, and patience,’ he writes, ‘traits very unlike those that Americans habitually took into war.'”