Nation: Slumping to a New Low Abroad

The mystical metal surges as U.S. prestige keeps sinking

They never liked him anyhow. From the moment Jimmy Carter took office, Europeans and many other non-Americans were deeply suspicious of his moralistic preachments and skeptical of his political wisdom. With a combination of fascination and dismay, they read his shifting pronouncements on energy, human rights and monetary policy. They were disturbed by his folksy style, his reliance on a rather young and unworldly circle of advisers from back home, and his insistence on pushing his family to the foreground. Rosalynn's role in White House...

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