What is the state of American democracy? What are the roots of our democratic shortcomings, and what do we need to do to improve the health of the political process? Jean Bethke Elshtain, democratic theorist, ethicist, and noted public intellectual at the University of Chicago—and author of Democracy on Trial—wrestles with these mighty questions in this substantively rich interview. Elshtain has also written an influential book on just war—Just War Against Terror—and she considers the American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan through that lens. Was the war justified? Was it worth it?