Opinion The Demoralized Nation

The battles waged by the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are further proof of the fact that, on the whole, the country has fought the wrong wars in the wrong places at the wrong time ever since World War II. The Iraq war was like a last gasp. Now Obama is left to administer the twilight years of American hegemony.
Former US President George W. Bush declaring "mission accomplished" in Iraq in May 2003.

Former US President George W. Bush declaring "mission accomplished" in Iraq in May 2003.

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Gerhard Spörl is SPIEGEL's opinion editor.