Independent and planning to keep it that way

Christopher Hitchens delivers some timely Fourth of July advice regarding polls about America’s image abroad:

A country that attempted to be in everybody’s good books would be quite paralyzed. The last time everybody said they liked the United States (or said that they said they liked the United States) was just after Sept. 11, when the nation was panicked and traumatized and trying to count its dead. Well, no thanks. This is too high a price to be paid for being popular. . . .I would suggest less masochism, more confidence on the American street, and less nervous reliance on paper majorities discovered by paper organizations.

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