America's image around the world is being tarnished by the violent federal response in Portland
published 26.07.2020 16:23
Countries already resentful of America's world-policing now watch in dismay as jackbooted federal officers, armed like warfighters and with dubious legal authority, descend upon its own people.
While the mirror images of an over-militarized police and an over-militarized foreign policy damage America's moral leadership globally, that leadership is at least partially redeemed by the righteous dissent of the American people.
According to a recent international survey of 10 geopolitically important and diverse countries conducted by my organization, the Eurasia Group Foundation, resentment over America's unrestrained foreign policy was the biggest determinant of anti-Americanism abroad, after the dislike of President Trump.
America's hypocrisy undermines its global influence The appalling acts of police violence in Portland and elsewhere throughout the past week feed a global impression of American hypocrisy, of a country plagued by the very sort of arbitrary cruelty it regularly denounces abroad.
If striking scenes of police violence reveal it is not living up to its promise of equal rights for all, striking scenes of public protest reveal that America is still a vibrant democracy capable of reforming and improving itself – and inspiring other countries to do the same.