The World Sours on Washington

A Royal Belgian Air Force F-16 Falcon approaches a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refueling boom over Iraq in 2016. (Technical Sergeant Larry E. Reid, Jr./USAF)
Our credibility is waning, and we should care.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P ew research published Tuesday reveals that American allies in key countries around the world have never had a lower opinion of the United States. The estimate of the United States among the people of the 13 wealthy foreign democracies tracked by Pew has tanked in the face of a wobbly American response to the coronavirus epidemic and the continuing political violence in American cities.

Donald Trump has . . . not helped.

There are a few different ways to respond to that. One is, “So what? Who cares? MAGA!” Another is: “Oh, great, now Parisian waiters are going to be even more

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