I wouldn't say laughingstock, but when you're an elephant in a world of mice, the
mice get nervous, even when the elephant is kindly disposed towards them.
There's an article in the latest Atlantic Monthly that is kind of related to this.
I don't go as far as the author does in his theme, which is that a renascent Europe
will eventually come to eclipse the US (I have a hard time seeing how that's going
to happen), but it's an interesting article nonetheless, and it's online:
Incidentally, on the same site are a series of articles, including a very
insightful one by James Fallows, on what would happen *after* an Iraqi war. It's
the cover article, in fact, showing Uncle Sam straining under the weight of a
smouldering "51st state". There's also a hilarious comparison of "movie
presidents" (Alan Alda in Canadian Bacon is rated the worst).
Stacy Smith wrote:
> We are surely the laughingstock of the world and also many Americans,
> including me.
> At 01:13 AM 11/07/2002 -0700, you wrote:
Marc A. Schindler
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