us vs. world

This essay by Fred Kaplan and this essay on consistently-brilliant _The Onion_ make roughly the same point: from a historical high following 9/11, international opinion of the U.S. has fallen to historical lows (witness these polls). We have lost the world’s respect and affection. The right would have you think it’s because they are envious of us, or weak where we are strong. But in the political, as in the personal, when you start thinking that you’re right and literally everybody else is wrong, it’s time for a reality check.