For John, BLUF: The world may be changing for the worse. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Over at the blog Small Wars Journal retired Marine Colonel Gary Anderson has an article, "The End of the Peace of Westphalia: Fourth Generation Warfare".
The Peace of What? Yes, the Peace of Westphalia, which gave us our present Western international system, Westphalian Sovereignty. One of the things it gave us was the idea that nations don't interfere in the domestic actions of other nations.
Here is the key paragraph:
The greatest domestic threat of Fourth Generation Warfare to the United States is not in physical damage or human casualties, but that in protecting ourselves from internal and external threats that we evolve into a national security state unrecognizable to the vision of our founders. That would be real defeat.Regards — Cliff