by Larry Smith
The dramatic loss of American credibility and prestige after four years of failure in Iraq has forced the once arrogant Bush Administration to take a more pragmatic approach to world affairs.
The adjustment includes improved relations with the United Nations; efforts to deal realistically with enemies like Iran, North Korea and Syria; and the beginnings of a shift on climate change policy.
Most recently, it has included a presidential tour of Latin America - a region that has been neglected since the early days of the Bush government, when Dubyah's first overseas trip was to meet with his Mexican counterpart.
But perhaps the most important element of this shift is a renewed diplomatic effort to settle the festering Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, which experts say is much worse off now than it was when Bush took office six years ago.
A new bestseller by Jimmy Carter - the president who helped negotiate the Camp David Accords 30 years ago - insists that the only effective approach to the Palestinian problem is the two-state solution first proposed almost a century ago - partition of the Holy Land between Arabs and Jews.