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PacNet #8 – Needed: A Positive, Better Funded U.S. Foreign Policy

In his first diplomatic steps, President Bush is off to a good start. But underlying initial cordiality lies a host of complaints and anxiety over U.S. foreign policy. The overseas media image of the U.S. that George W. Bush has inherited is not a very favorable one. Traditional admiration abroad for U.S. ideals, openness, and innovation may remain; but as the world’s only economic, military, and high-tech superpower, America seems now to trigger irritation and resentment from countries who either feel left behind or who are increasingly aware that they no longer control their own destiny in the face of overwhelming American pre-eminence.