A short but forceful essay, giving the neoconservative argument regarding the decline of American power and will. Podhoretz sees the trends of recent years as leading to the "Finlandization" of America. He speculates that the seizure of the hostages in Iran and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan may end the period of strategic retreat and bring forth a new nationalism and containment policy. This work originated in an address before the Council on Foreign Relations.
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