America is a superpower around the globe, but a Third World country at home, with an infrastructure that defies description. There are collapsing bridges, power failures along the entire East Coast, and homes in places like Florida, North Carolina and Texas are regularly destroyed every year by hurricanes that flatten houses as if they were beach bungalows in Haiti.They even call the U.S. a Third World country. Wow. They also have a dim view of American race issues, as in this essay by the chief of Der Spiegel's foreign desk, Gerhard Spörl:
Yes, the most obscene aspect of all remains the unacknowledged racism in this country of pragmatic enlightenment — the ongoing prejudices of whites against blacks."That's complemented by interviews with Condi Rice, neocon Robert Kagan and Eric Foner, all of which feature Der Spiegel editors asking Americans: what exactly is wrong with you? Since the publication also blasts Nicolas Sarkozy in the same issue, is it time to start not hanging out with Germany so much?