I always find american foreign policy changes both intriguing, and amusing. Back in 2007, a group of Republican and Democratic members of Congress were convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Concluding that America's image and influence had declined in recent years, they realized that maybe fear-mongering tactics detriment globalization efforts. They decided that,"... the United States had to change from exporting fear to inspiring optimism and hope."

Wait a tic... what were Obama's slogans again? Oh that's right: "Hope" and "Yes we can". I guess the guys at CSIS got what they wanted.

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