The first paragraph:
Perhaps because he was born on the eve of Pearl Harbor, but more likely because of the inborn force of his personality, Richard Holbrooke behaved like a man who believed that American power could be wielded to achieve great things. That was especially so when he was the one doing the wielding.
When was the last time we behaved as if we believed that American power could be wielded to achieve great things? It has been discussed it many times... but when was the last time we acted on it?
New year's resolution has been identified.