observations of Volker Stanzel, former undersecretary of political affairs at the German foreign office. Stanzel has just wrapped up a period of teaching at an American university on the west coast. His impressions of the country, its people and their problems are insightful and should resonate with Canadians also.
Stanzel sees Americans as a people who look at their problems, shrug, and move on.
These shortcomings appear in healthcare, racial relations as well as electronic data surveillance encroaching upon individual freedoms. It is also characterized by the recognition that when America calls, the world does not necessarily follow.
The problems are certainly there, and they are not small.
...Instead of pulling together and overcoming whatever hurdles present themselves by aligning all domestic forces to get the job done, here again the response is just a shrug.