Readers Respond Is America Really in Decline?

The SPIEGEL cover story this week and an accompanying editorial posited that the US is losing its position as a role model for the world. Increasingly, it is a position that many in the US agree with. Still, responses to that story and an additional editorial were passionate. Here are a selection of the responses we received.
Is the US facing long-term problems or just temporary difficulties?

Is the US facing long-term problems or just temporary difficulties?

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