The democrat talking point that is beginning to get old is the one about the need to "repair our image around the world." Why is that important? I'll let you think about that question for a minute.
Okay, now let me tell you how our "image" does need to be changed, and it ain't what the limp wrists in the George Soros party have in mind.
We don't need to be more loved in the Middle East--we need to be more feared and respected. We need to quickly and definitively help the fledgling government in Iraq crush the anti-democratic insurgencies. To do so requires a much more muscular approach to the supporter of the insurgency--Iran.
We don't need to be more loved in Latin America--we need to overwhelm the neo-marxists cropping up to our south with a tidal wave of capitalism. Let's quit focusing on the very slight economic downturn (it's not even a recession--the Commerce Department just reported that our GDP increased at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter) here at home and help Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, and the rest of our hemispheric neighbors compete with China for our markets.
We don't need to accommodate China--we need to get ready to fight 'em. See paragraph above for what we do in the meantime.
Anyone who is even a casual student of the last 5000 years of the history of man knows that peace is ONLY bought through strength--a muscular foreign policy, a robust trade with neighbors, and the overwhelming, if judicial, use of a world class military. Peace has NEVER been achieved by ANY civilization in ANY OTHER way.