The author argues that in the coming years closer attention will need to be paid on the part of the US president to national and international public opinion. He suggests a policy of US-style democracy touting will only lead to further discontentment at home and abroad.
The next US president will inherit a tarnished America, a legacy of the Bush administration and Iraq, to be sure. But the problem also transcends that failed presidency and war. Restoring faith in America requires major changes in US policy – an exit strategy for Afghanistan and Iraq and new tactics for dealing with terrorism. New strategies must be built by listening to others around the world to rebuild trust in the US.