AMERICAN NOTES: Anti-Pessimism

An emerging theme in the election-year debate over U.S. foreign policy is that a "new pessimism" is eroding American strength and will. That idea is analyzed in the current issue of the quarterly Foreign Policy by two men who might well play important foreign policy roles if Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic nomination.

In one article, Managing Editor Richard Holbrooke notes that two strikingly different groups have converged to create a downbeat appraisal of the U.S.: the "guilt-ridden," Viet Nam-haunted American Left, and a number of "neoconservatives" including Henry Kissinger, former...