The reputation and prestige of the United States is “at a very low ebb” in much of the world and a vigorous campaign of public diplomacy is needed to reestablish moral leadership, agreed two former U.S. ambassadors who spoke at a Vanderbilt forum.
“The president of the United States had to go in and out of London like a thief in the night (because of protestors)” said James Sasser, who served as ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 1995 to 2001 after leaving the U.S. Senate. He also pointed out that Germany and South Korea have recently elected leaders who ran on anti-American platforms.
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