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America's Lost Respect

By PAUL KRUGMAN s a result of the American military," President Bush declared last week, "the Taliban is no longer in existence." It's unclear wheth

By PAUL KRUGMAN

s a result of the American military," President Bush declared last week, "the Taliban is no longer in existence."

It's unclear whether Mr. Bush misspoke, or whether he really is that clueless. But his claim was in keeping with his re-election strategy, demonstrated once again in last night's debate: a president who has done immense damage to America's position in the world hopes to brazen it out by claiming that failure is success.

Three years ago, the United States was both feared and respected: feared because of its military supremacy, respected because of its traditional commitment to democracy and the rule of law...read on

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