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As America navigates a changing world, the people who seem to be having the greatest difficulty with the adjustment are the country's pundits.In the Obama years, the numbers are high because of the war in Syria, a conflict that the Obama administration has avoided.Most of the critiques were written before the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine, so they tend to view Ukraine as another example of the weak and feckless Obama administration. Events in Ukraine actually illustrate how the world has changed and how American leadership is better exercised in this new era.First, America was not the most important player in the crisis. The world is not in great disorder. It is mostly at peace with one zone of instability, the greater Middle East, an area that has been unstable for four decades at least – think of the June 1967 war, the October 1973 war, the Lebanese Civil War, the Iran-Iraq war, the Gulf war, the Iraq war, the Sudanese civil war, the Afghan wars, and now the Syrian civil war.
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