President Bush is planning to travel widely in 2008 to improve Americaâ€™s image abroad.
He might do more good by staying home. Bush has cratered Americaâ€™s standing abroad, even among our closest allies. Consider a recent Pew Center study of attitudes in 47 nations that found â€œextensiveâ€ anti-Americanism. The perception that America acts unilaterally is shared by 89 percent of the French, 83 percent of Canadians and 74 percent of Britons. In the Middle East, Americaâ€™s reputation is at rock-bottom.
Americaâ€™s tarnished image is partly caused by the â€œarrogant bunker mentalityâ€ (in Mike Huckabeeâ€™s words) Team Bush has shown in its post-Sept. 11 foreign policy.
Bush is going to turn that around in a few trips? Good luck.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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