Tom Friedman can be a bit pompous, but he also is a pretty good writer. And today he has written the sort of piece he is best at — asking a very big question in plain language that anyone can understand.
He may be stretching things a bit when he says
… Turkey has become one of the best places to observe (Europe and the Middle East coming apart at the seams). To the west, you see the European Monetary Union buckling under the weight of its own hubris — leaders who reached too far in forging a common currency without the common governance to sustain it. And, to the south, you see the Arab League crumbling under the weight of its own decay — leaders who never reached at all for the decent governance and modern education required to thrive in the age of globalization.
The European project is in danger, but Europeans at least have policy options that could make things work — if they choose to use them. The Middle East faces much larger challenges. Ok, this may be a quibble.
But the part that got my attention is about the US — it should be well suited to cope with the changes that are buffeting the world. But … alas things could be better.