Charles Krauthammer has an interesting article on the rise of America as a unipolar power and the challenges we face in Iraq and the world as other forces consolidate to oppose us. It is too long to excerpt, so just read the whole thing. He does offer some hope, but it is a sobering read.
I think I like this post by Victor Davis Hanson even better. I especially agree with his remarks about media induced panic. His historical analysis is right on. He is right, this is not Dunkirk. I do however, disagree with his suggestion that we put a dime tax on a gallon of gas. That would be political suicide.