By Thomas L. Friedman

The US is in hassle. we are facing 4 significant demanding situations on which our destiny relies, and we're failing to satisfy them—and if we hold up any further, quickly will probably be too past due for us to move alongside the yank dream to destiny generations.        In That was once Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one among our such a lot influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one among our major international coverage thinkers, supply either a take-heed call and a decision to collective motion. They examine the 4 demanding situations we face—globalization, the revolution in info know-how, the nation’s continual deficits, and our development of over the top power consumption—and spell out what we have to do now to maintain the yank dream and protect American energy on the earth. They clarify how the top of the chilly warfare blinded the kingdom to the necessity to tackle those matters heavily, and the way China’s academic successes, commercial may perhaps, and technological prowess remind us of the ways that “that was us.” They clarify how the paralysis of our political procedure and the erosion of key American values have made it most unlikely for us to hold out the guidelines the rustic urgently wishes.        And but Friedman and Mandelbaum think that the restoration of yank greatness is nearby. They exhibit how America’s heritage, while adequately understood, deals a five-part formulation for prosperity that may allow us to manage effectively with the demanding situations we are facing. they give vibrant profiles of people who've no longer overpassed the yank conduct of daring idea and dramatic motion. They suggest a transparent approach out of the capture into which the rustic has fallen, a way that comprises the rediscovery of a few of our most important traditions and the construction of a brand new thirdparty flow to impress the rustic.        That was once Us is either a looking out exploration of the yank situation at the present time and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.

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Louis Park—made famous by the brothers Ethan and Joel Coen in their movie A Serious Man, which was set in our neighborhood. Senator Al Franken, the Coen brothers, the Harvard political philosopher Michael J. Sandel, the political scientist Norman Ornstein, the longtime NFL football coach Marc Trestman, and I all grew up in and around that little suburb within a few years of one another, and it surely had a big impact on all of us. In my case, it bred a deep optimism about America and the notion that we really can act collectively for the common good.

So here are just a few words of introduction from each of us—not as experts but as citizens. Tom: I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was raised in a small suburb called St. Louis Park—made famous by the brothers Ethan and Joel Coen in their movie A Serious Man, which was set in our neighborhood. Senator Al Franken, the Coen brothers, the Harvard political philosopher Michael J. Sandel, the political scientist Norman Ornstein, the longtime NFL football coach Marc Trestman, and I all grew up in and around that little suburb within a few years of one another, and it surely had a big impact on all of us.

First, since the end of the Cold War, we, and especially our political leaders, have stopped starting each day by asking the two questions that are crucial for determining public policy: What world are we living in, and what exactly do we need to do to thrive in this world? S. Air Force has a strategic doctrine originally designed by one of its officers, John Boyd, called the OODA loop. ” Boyd argued that when you are a fighter pilot, if your OODA loop is faster than the other guy’s, you will always win the dogfight.

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