Thank goodness for this. Just when we thought America's power was waning, just when we thought that, in a world gone mad, "smart power" no longer had a role to play, we finally have something to celebrate.
Yes, Yemen may be on the brink of disaster, Assad is still murdering civilians in the streets of Syria, and the European Union is on the verge of collapse, but the mighty Department of State can still prevail upon others to act in accord with US interests.
We can all take heart knowing that, when push came to shove, our government managed to rustle up the leverage to get Lady Gaga to perform a gig in Italy.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling mighty good about my country right about now!