How US can get its groove back

John Shattuck – The Boston Globe

Copyright The Boston Globe
August 2, 2008
ONE OF THE biggest challenges facing the next president is how to restore US credibility in the world. Despite military assets unparalleled in history, US global standing has hit rock bottom.
The United States government is widely perceived today to be a violator of human rights. A poll conducted by the British Broadcasting Corp. last year in 18 countries on all continents revealed that 67 percent disapproved of US detention and interrogation practices in Guantanamo. Another poll in Germany, Great Britain, Poland, and India found that majorities or pluralities condemned the United States for torture and other violations of international law. A third poll by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations showed that majorities in 13 countries, including traditional allies, believe “the US cannot be trusted to act responsibly in the world.”
The gap between America’s values and its actions has severely eroded US global influence. How does it get it back?
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