From Open Democracy, what went wrong? The failure of the United States's global policy since 9/11 can be measured in the chasm between the dreams of 2001 and the reality of 2007. An interview with Thom Hartmann, author of Cracking the Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America's Original Vision. A voice for freedom: U.S.-backed broadcasts remain the ultimate in "soft power". He could care less about Obama's story: American can't rebrand its image problems away in the Middle East. An interview with George Weigel, author of Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action. From Freezerbox, megatons and memory holes: An article on Richard Rhodes, Richard Perle, and the man who saved the world. A review of Prince of Darkness. Richard Perle: The Kingdom, the Power, and the End of Empire in America by Alan Weisman. Long, gone neocons: The Bush administration is no longer influenced by neocons — instead, it's governing the way its predecessors have.  More on Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan. Slate reads the Elisabeth Bumiller's new Condi biography so you don't have to (and more and more and more). From The National Interest, Daniel Drezner (Tufts): Foreign Policy Goes Glam; and Foggy Bloggom: Bloggers are moving into the Washington establishment’s neighborhood — from K Street to Capitol Hill, will they ever feel at home?

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