- Jim Sciutto: DNI director James Clapper has expressed unease about loss of confidence in U.S. institutions
- As a reporter, Sciutto says, he's covered many countries where divisions led to instability
- U.S. is not Iraq or Somalia, and the economy is showing some strength but there are worrying signs, Sciutto says
(CNN)In the 15 years since 9/11, I've spent the bulk of my time as a journalist covering failed or failing states and countries in deep crisis. The root causes vary from war to economic collapse to popular revolution but the resulting conditions are familiar: fear, division, violence, and, over time, loss of hope.