I'm headed back to Washington knowing what I had guessed when I left town: that the so-called fiscal cliff "talks" would still be going when I got home. I'm returning with useful, nagging questions ringing in my ears from Kiwis and visitors alike.
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Richard Reeves' Daring Young Men takes us back to a time when the American commitment to freedom was exemplified by its military in ways that aroused admiration at home and abroad.
One has to wonder just how appealing the din of American democracy is when heard from across the ocean. Rather than a "Beacon of Hope" it may seem more like a third rate "Battle of the Bands."
One of the world's great ironies is that America, the country that perfected the art of the brand, is often unable to channel its positive marketing power with foreign audiences
If politics in the information age is about whose story wins, then, given this reality, America's storytellers -- Hollywood -- have a starring role in defining America's presence globally.
Instead of showcasing the creativity, diversity and openness of American society, we have been arrogantly lecturing the rest of humanity about freedom and democracy.
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