In praise of sound bites
One of Krugman's greatest skills is his ability to reduce complex problems to a simple sound-bite that still manages to convey much of the complex point. Some may deride that we live in a sound-bite culture, but why should people be expected to have degrees in economics or a thorough understanding of foreign policy in order to engage in a dialog on these matters?
Just four months after Operation Flight Suit, the superpower has become a supplicant to nations it used to insult. Mission accomplished!
The problem is not sound-bites. The problem is bad sound bites.