Read Thomas Friedman’s article against the Afghan esculation…

…it is a fair case for a position I disagree with, not just to hear a reasonable argument on the other side but because of some of the truths he expresses two in particular:

1. The Warren Buffett principle: Everything I’ve ever gotten in life is largely because I was born in this country, America. It is the primary obligation of our generation to turn over a similar America to our kids.

The sentence might also say because my parents came here. He may not realize it but this is the #1 case against both the Climate deals and obamacare.

The 2nd is the most important:

2. Many big bad things happen in the world without America, but not a lot of big good things. If we become weak and enfeebled by economic decline and debt, as we slowly are, America may not be able to play its historic stabilizing role in the world. If you didn’t like a world of too-strong-America, you will really not like a world of too-weak-America — where China, Russia and Iran set more of the rules. (emphasis mine)

That bolded line is the single most important thing you need to know about America. He leaves out the importance military decline but the point is made. A weak America is a disaster for the entire world.

If you want to make someone understand American Greatness or what America means to the world these two things are what you need to drill into them.