These are times of rapid and fundamental change -- if we wish to have some say into how things settle out we will have to overcome our reluctance to lead.
We have long-term goals -- 1) promoting democratic institutions and political inclusiveness; 2) re-engaging with Iraq -- it will be an essential partner in future developments; 3) promoting prosperity in the Middle East -- prosperity will forge cooperative relations among the countries of the region; 4) promoting democracy and democratic dissent in the Western Hemisphere; 5) building on the Bush administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership to promote regional trade and mutual security in East and South Asia; 6) extending free trade on a global scale and developing our domestic resources; 7) re-establishing confidence amongst our traditional allies who will be our future partners; and 8) reform our trouble educational systems.
She concludes with a ringing endorsement of American exceptionalism:
The American people have to be inspired to lead again. They need to be reminded that the US is not just any other country: we are exceptional in the clarity of our conviction that free markets and free peoples hold the key to the future, and in our willingness to act on those beliefs. Failure to do so would leave a vacuum, likely filled by those who will not champion a balance of power that favours freedom. That would be a tragedy for American interests and values and those who share them.Read the whole thing here.