The "good ole days"? were the days when America could fight WW1 & WW2 on other continents and stiil be beyond the reach of its enemies.
911 proved that America is now within the reach of its enemies -- the attackers launched their attacks from inside the US.
The future is not bleak IF this fact is recognized instead of being ignored. We need to learn from history why the results of the Korean War & the Vietnam War were so different for the US compared to the results of WW2 for the US.
"The 9/11 attacks in the US – and Bali 2002, Madrid 2004, Beslan 2004, London 2005, Mumbai 2008... – how those who are the targets deal with their attackers will decide whether the American way remains the American way or is supplanted by something else. To survive – the USA cannot afford a blind spot here." --