The Brits defending America
To TimothyR444 and others who are touchy about commentary on America's rough edges I say suck it up dude! (Only kidding... )
The real point as noticed here by one of America's most prominent one-man bloggers, is that the Brits are actually leading the way in pointing out to the world that American faults are generally over-reported and American strengths under-reported.
We are not "pro-American" in the sense of being cheerleaders for a nation and its people (at least Matt Frei and I are not) but nor are we blind to the simple incontrovertible fact that America is a stunningly successful place whose ability to prosper in almost every year since its inception must surely have some link to the energy and vitality of the people who come here and make it work and the system (brutal sometimes) that allows them to achieve their potential.
I agree fully with those who have written to point out that America is complex. But if you are not careful you can end up throwing up your hands (as a British academic once did) and saying everything anyone says about America is true! This won't do.
On a lighter note, this facebook rip-off strikes me as a rather desperate effort.
How to attack Obama is a tricky issue; Hillary never really found the right tone - this is not it either.
Perhaps it's the experience, stupid.