After 100 days, the glass is now definitely more than half full. But we're still a long way off from a fundamentally new relationship between America and the world.
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Obama is repairing fences with points south at a time when the United States could use all the friends it can get.
The Balkans are still a powder keg, and someone is always playing with matches.
Last week, two summits tried to inject new life into fading institutions.
Although it's been 30 years since the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge period, only last month did the first member of the Pol Pot regime go on trial.
Before the Chinese show up off the coast of California for some imperial quid pro quo, the United States should wake up, sign the Law of the Sea, and actually abide by its provisions.
You can come to your own conclusion about the administration's new clothes.
Let's say that President Barack Obama appointed me as his Karl Rove. My advice: Don't move on.
With the United States on the verge of another Great Depression, the Know-Nothing opposition to the Obama administration should be worried that we are about to slip into the Third World.
After eight years of deafness, the White House is now listening. When it comes to Afghanistan, we just have to speak a little louder.