Like vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Ms Bordanaro is a working mother in a position of great responsibility. While the ambassador would not comment about Sarah Palin in a political sense, she is pleased to see that the US is calling on all its talents.
“I think it’s a great thing that a woman with children is doing so well. No society can be strong without calling on all its members to help build a nation, and that includes women and mothers, so she’s wonderful in terms of representing that.”
Ms Bordonaro goes on to hail the historic diversity of the two presidential tickets.
“I think what’s great about this presidential election is that, whoever wins on November 4, history will be made. We will either have the first African-American president, or the first female vice-president. That speaks volumes for America as a society. It shows that we not only espouse the values of equal opportunity for everybody, but we actually embrace them whole-heartedly when electing our leaders.”
Moving on to a more general issue, the ambassador is asked whether she has detected an increase in anti-American sentiments over the past eight years.
“No, I would say that, especially here in Malta, I have greatly appreciated the Maltese being able to separate where they may differ on policy from the American government, but not have that spill over into anti-Americanism, or dislike for the American people.
“I think it’s a good thing to have differences of opinion around the world, and to be able to speak out about it. And I enjoy being able to speak to people with a different opinion about American foreign policy. But I very much appreciate the Maltese for their continuing ability to say that, ‘while we may differ on policy, we still appreciate America, we appreciate the American contribution throughout history, and we like the American people'”.
Are Americans concerned about the way that the rest of the world sees them?
“One of the greatest things about the US, throughout history, is that Americans feel very strongly about doing what is right, from a humanitarian aspect, and allowing everyone to have the opportunity for freedom and democracy. So one of the greatest things about the US is that, while it’s nice to be liked, we tend to care about being right.
“We don’t mind being the only ones advocating going into Darfur; we don’t mind being the only ones to say it’s not right to have people murdered and killed by a tyrannical dictator, and we will do what we can to change the world to be a better place, to make it happen. Of course we make mistakes; tactical decisions might be wrong; timing might not be right; but America will never give up its push to see every human being in the world have as best an opportunity for freedom and democracy and a better future.”
So, what lessons has the US learnt from Iraq?
“President Bush has effectively come out and said that certain tactical decisions were not made, which affected how the war went. It’s obviously come at a great cost to the young American men and women who have lost their lives and at a cost to American taxpayers. In the end, is it better that Iraq has the chance for democracy and freedom?