Bashing the United States remains a popular sport even after the departure of President George W. Bush from the White House. Criticism of Washington has intensified in the past year as the world grapples with an economic crisis that many believe was made in the U.S.

This discontent drives calls for reorganization of the international monetary system, a system that confers special advantages on the U.S. Yet, unsatisfying as the system may be for many, change will be slow. Even as the global economy reorients and diversifies, and economic power moves toward Asia, the U.S. will retain its place at the center of that system.

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