First, let’s get this straight: The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee is composed of some very smart, sensible people. But...for all the unreasonable accusations that are sometimes leveled at Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues, there is one good reason to complain about the FOMC’s detachment from the world. It stems from the fact that the Fed’s mandate extends no further than U.S. borders. The committee members are under no legal obligation to consider the impact of their actions on foreign countries. And yet their decisions inevitably have a sweeping, disruptive influence on global money markets and, by extension, on the world economy.