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During the first term of his presidency, riding a post-September 11 crest of domestic popularity and with his party in control of both houses of Congress, President Bush set the US on a unilateral path in international relations. Today, on a wide range of foreign policy issues, and with his administration weakened by scandals and the post-war failures in Iraq the President -- and America's position in the world --- is different. His opponents at home and abroad may take joy in his chastening, but what do foreign leaders really think about it? When an American president is overdrawn at the bank of public opinion, is the world a safer place? Guest host Michael Goldfarb explores America's image abroad with journalists, experts in international relations and a former White House official who has faced similar travails.
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Guest host Michael Goldfarb has served as NPR's London Correspondent and as Senior Correspondent for Inside Out documentaries. He's covered major conflicts and conflict resolution from Bosnia to Northern Ireland to Iraq. Since September 11 he has traveled extensively in the Middle East. He-s won the Dupont-Columbia Award for -Surviving Torture: Inside Out- and the Overseas Press Club's Lowell Thomas Award for -British Jihad: Inside Out." Goldfarb is also the author of Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq.

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