The Financial Times reports that the US has suffered a significant loss of power and prestige under Bush. The International Institute for Strategic Studies survey found:

  • Failure in Iraq meant the Bush administration had reduced power domestically and internationally, for example the failure to pass an immigration bill in the US, and “scant regard paid to US efforts to influence Israeli-Palestinian developments”;
  • Adversaries of the US believe “they will prevail if they manage to draw the US into a prolonged engagement”;
  • Iran is flexing its muscles in the Middle East;
  • Iraq has caused the US to fail to focus as much as it should on other parts of the world.

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