If Daniel Fried has his way, Monday a week ago was a historic turning point. A breakthrough so important that he insists on giving the interview between doctor’s visits from the hospital where he is suffering from a viral infection.

“President Biden’s visit to Kiev follows a series of epoch-making moments such as John F. Kennedy’s ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ and Ronald Reagan’s ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down the wall!’ speeches in Berlin during the Cold War,” says Fried. “He made it clear that the United States is back as the leading power in the free world.”

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