Since everyone is summing up the decade, here are my two cents:
In America, it was the decade of fear. Beginning with Y2K, punctuated by 9/11, and ending with the continuing uncertainty of economic apocalypse.
We have gone, in a matter of a decade, from the security and comfort of Pax Americana, to, at best, a weak bipolar partner whose straits are inelegantly summed up by the popular construction Chimerica.
We are polarized, insecure, and, not surprisingly, at risk.
It hasn’t been a pretty picture.
You can figure out who to blame for yourself.