Uneasy: To many around the world, 2013 was a bumpy year for the United States

  • by: KRISTEN GELINEAU , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 12:35 PM

To many around the world, it made little sense: The world's most powerful government, so mired in dysfunction that it couldn't operate. The world's defender of individual freedoms, accused of spying on its citizens and friends. The world's military giant planning, then balking at, an armed response to the suspected use of deadly chemical weapons.

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