Although a dwindling number of Americans truly care about
what happens elsewhere in the world, those who still do might believe, as
former government officials have described it, that "the
world is aflame," "there
are fires burning everywhere," "many
places around the world that we have interests ... are perilous,"
trend towards a more chaotic world is not going to change anytime soon,"
put it mildly, the world is a mess." Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
"The challenges and threats that face America today are the same
challenges and threats that face the world. These are all borderless
challenges.... Terrorism, fundamentalism, all these are threats, and they come from
all parts of the world." Accordingly, somehow all countries are both
unsafe and sources of all dangers.