"On the eve of this country's presidential election, here's a
question I'd like to pose to the remaining three candidates: what
would you do if other governments begin snubbing U.S. companies
because of nationalistic reasons? In particular, one big software
vendor comes to mind.
"If Microsoft has the equivalent of a foreign policy czar, I'll
be shocked if that question isn't front and center. Perhaps more
closely associated with U.S. technological prowess than any company
in techdom, Microsoft is vulnerable to being viewed as a surrogate
for American hegemony abroad. So far, the worst case scenario
hasn't materialized, even in the aftermath of the Iraq war. But
that's not to say Microsoft inspires warm and fuzzy feelings
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