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U.S. Seen as Threat by Allies

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Posted on Nov 3, 2006

A recent set of polls conducted in Britain, Canada, Mexico and Israel found a majority of people there believe the U.S. has made the world less safe.  In the British survey, George W. Bush was seen as a greater threat to world peace than either Kim Jong-il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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The United States is seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbors and allies, with Britons saying President George W. Bush poses a greater danger than North Korea’s Kim Jong-il, a survey found on Friday.

A majority of people quizzed in three out of four countries polled also rejected the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The findings came just days before the U.S. mid-term congressional elections, with a growing number of U.S. voters wanting their troops in Iraq to be brought home.

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By GW=MCHammered, November 5, 2006 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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NAILS IT!


The New York Times
November 5, 2006
Editorial
The Difference Two Years Made

On Tuesday, when this page runs the list of people it has endorsed for election, we will include no Republican Congressional candidates for the first time in our memory. Although Times editorials tend to agree with Democrats on national policy, we have proudly and consistently endorsed a long line of moderate Republicans, particularly for the House. Our only political loyalty is to making the two-party system as vital and responsible as possible.

That is why things are different this year.

To begin with, the Republican majority that has run the House — and for the most part, the Senate — during President Bush’s tenure has done a terrible job on the basics. Its tax-cutting-above-all-else has wrecked the budget, hobbled the middle class and endangered the long-term economy. It has refused to face up to global warming and done pathetically little about the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Republican leaders, particularly in the House, have developed toxic symptoms of an overconfident majority that has been too long in power. They methodically shut the opposition — and even the more moderate members of their own party — out of any role in the legislative process. Their only mission seems to be self-perpetuation.

The current Republican majority managed to achieve that burned-out, brain-dead status in record time, and with a shocking disregard for the most minimal ethical standards. It was bad enough that a party that used to believe in fiscal austerity blew billions on pork-barrel projects. It is worse that many of the most expensive boondoggles were not even directed at their constituents, but at lobbyists who financed their campaigns and high-end lifestyles.

That was already the situation in 2004, and even then this page endorsed Republicans who had shown a high commitment to ethics reform and a willingness to buck their party on important issues like the environment, civil liberties and women’s rights.

For us, the breaking point came over the Republicans’ attempt to undermine the fundamental checks and balances that have safeguarded American democracy since its inception. The fact that the White House, House and Senate are all controlled by one party is not a threat to the balance of powers, as long as everyone understands the roles assigned to each by the Constitution. But over the past two years, the White House has made it clear that it claims sweeping powers that go well beyond any acceptable limits. Rather than doing their duty to curb these excesses, the Congressional Republicans have dedicated themselves to removing restraints on the president’s ability to do whatever he wants. To paraphrase Tom DeLay, the Republicans feel you don’t need to have oversight hearings if your party is in control of everything.

An administration convinced of its own perpetual rightness and a partisan Congress determined to deflect all criticism of the chief executive has been the recipe for what we live with today.

Congress, in particular the House, has failed to ask probing questions about the war in Iraq or hold the president accountable for his catastrophic bungling of the occupation. It also has allowed Mr. Bush to avoid answering any questions about whether his administration cooked the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. Then, it quietly agreed to close down the one agency that has been riding herd on crooked and inept American contractors who have botched everything from construction work to the security of weapons.

After the revelations about the abuse, torture and illegal detentions in Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Congress shielded the Pentagon from any responsibility for the atrocities its policies allowed to happen. On the eve of the election, and without even a pretense at debate in the House, Congress granted the White House permission to hold hundreds of noncitizens in jail forever, without due process, even though many of them were clearly sent there in error.

In the Senate, the path for this bill was cleared by a handful of Republicans who used their personal prestige and reputation for moderation to paper over the fact that the bill violates the Constitution in fundamental ways. Having acquiesced in the president’s campaign to dilute their own authority, lawmakers used this bill to further Mr. Bush’s goal of stripping the powers of the only remaining independent branch, the judiciary.

This election is indeed about George W. Bush — and the Congressional majority’s insistence on protecting him from the consequences of his mistakes and misdeeds. Mr. Bush lost the popular vote in 2000 and proceeded to govern as if he had an enormous mandate. After he actually beat his opponent in 2004, he announced he now had real political capital and intended to spend it. We have seen the results. It is frightening to contemplate the new excesses he could concoct if he woke up next Wednesday and found that his party had maintained its hold on the House and Senate.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/opinion/05sun1.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

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By Sharon Ash, November 4, 2006 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment
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Dwight D. Eisenhower once made a comment something to the effect that a country could never reach the illusionary goal of absolute security through arms alone but it could bankrupt itself both financially and morally by trying to do so.  We are currently spending more than $650 billion dollars annually on our military machine and there are supplements for the Iraq War in addition to that.  Of the total spent on military by the entire world, the United States accounts for almost 50% of it and yet we only represent 5% of the total world population.  We have a national debt approaching $9 trillion.  Apparently we are in the process of bankrupting our country for our military machine.  We have killed more than a half million Iraqis, based upon the lies of the neo-cons running our government.  If we let them get by with that, then apparently moral bankruptcy has infected the soul of our nation.  America, let’s wake up.  We are so much better than this.  Demand this war end.  Demand qualified leaders to lead our country.

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By Rhonda, November 4, 2006 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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Foxjazz is convinced that cursing while he bathes fully clothed is the only thing that keeps aardvarks from swarming him.

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By Fadel Abdallah, November 3, 2006 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment
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To foxjazz # 36420

You must be sick to the bones! But dwarfs like you must also be so cowards, yet playing the tough card. I am a natural psychologist and I do know your types! This forum is not for sub-humans like you! I pray that you’re shipped to Iraq or Afghanistan so you get what you deserve: a very unhonorable death!

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By Quy Tran, November 3, 2006 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment
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How’s about pre-Sadam and post-Sadam Iraq ? Between Bush & Cos and Sadam Hussein who’s war criminal ? Just as yourself.

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By John U., November 3, 2006 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, the muscular militarism and in your face warrior nonsense has backfired completely, even our ‘allies’ want as little as possible to do with us. They figure as long as we’re off starting war after war and issuing threats that eventually the monolithic USA will collapse on its own dead weight. Funny how the right wingers who built a cottage industry talking about how much Clinton ‘damaged’ the military have nothing to say about how truly broken down the military is now under their beloved ‘commanders’ failed stay the course policies and incompetent ‘leadership’

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By Rodrian Roadeye, November 3, 2006 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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Sadam had French and German oil contracts lined up. He couldn’t honor them until sanctions were lifted.
He swore the US would not see a drop of Iraqi oil after then. Bush knew that the only way at those reserves was by force…screwing France and Germany.

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By R. A. Earl, November 3, 2006 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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“You better hope we are a threat to world peace. Having that threat is the only thing going that keeps the peace!”

And there, in a nut shell, you have the major problem… IGNORANT, NARROW-MINDED FOOLS WHO ONLY KNOW VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION. It never dawns on them to stop to think a moment… WHENEVER HAVE THEY BEEN ENCOURAGED TO WILLINGLY COOPERATE WHEN THREATENED?

CS’s posting is even more stupid… “No Country on its own can threaten us with War; our technology is far too advanced to even try. Plus our allies are not going to attack us for any harebrained reason because they need us…”

OH YES THEY CAN… even North Korea can make the US shit its pants with even the POSSIBILITY they can drop a nuke missile on NY or LA. Allies don’t usually “attack” other allies, idiot. That’s what the word means. And, are you really so ignorant as to believe that societies that pre-date the US by hundreds if not thousands of years CAN’T GET ALONG WITHOUT THE USA?

The USA is THE greatest threat to world peace today… not because your leadership deliberately wants to conquer and dominate… BUT BECAUSE THEY’RE SO DAMNED IGNORANT OF OTHER CULTURES AND SO DAMNED ARROGANT AS TO BELIEVE IT’S “AMERICA’S WAY OR THE HIGHWAY.”

America had better learn very quickly that they are only a PART of the whole and that cooperation and compromise are the ONLY methods that work towards peace. The longer it takes to “get smart” the closer we’re all getting to being wiped out by some STUPID MISTAKE!

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By Jon B, November 3, 2006 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aTpLocZN_F6k&refer=home

Former President Jimmy Carter says the claim that North Korea cheated is false. This administration gotta learn to tell the truth.
Btw, I am tired of hearing their so called values which are lies, gays, favors in exchange for money from Abramoff, bloodshed….......

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By sprouty777, November 3, 2006 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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Persuasion is 100 times better than threats.

There was a relative peace until we went in ‘guns blazing’. Now we have homegrown terrorists that were unheard of before.

As far as I’m concerned (and many other people) it’s all Bush & Blair’s fault. All planned in advance and faked… Big business in conflict, etc. You’ve heard it all before.

500,000 deceased Iraqis is a disaster. Still support the troops tho.

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By CS, November 3, 2006 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment
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Fox, the Cold war is over. No Country on its own can threaten us with War; our technology is far too advanced to even try. Plus our allies are not going to attack us for any harebrained reason because they need us; countries exist now-a-days by symbiosis. The countries that are causing the most trouble are the ones with the smallest cut of the world pie… Hence, Sanctions are almost meaningless to Iran and N.Korea… You can’t take away what they don’t have.

The problem now is, we’re seen as a threat because of Iraq. Afganistan wasn’t even an issue to the world for the most part. Everyone said “yeah, get ‘um!” everyone’s freaking out on Iraq because we haven’t found the WMD’s. Some people even Said “Yeah we did!” but they’ve been disproven. SO why DID invade? If we made that kind of mistake once, what else are we going to screw up?

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By Blair Golson, November 3, 2006 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

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By paul simon, November 3, 2006 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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Yes, I’d say being involved in a million on going murders of innocents, and torturing or threatening to torture your own population could be seen as a threat.
And ” Foxjazz “-do you enjoy murdering people who scare your little cowardly ass in your private life, or just enjoy having sick george do it for you ? By the way, ” fox ” and ” jazz ” are entirely incompatible. I’m a real jazz musician, so more reason for you to go back in your cave and quit trying to participate in what should be civil discourse.

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By GW=MCHammered, November 3, 2006 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
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US Seen as Threat by Allies
(the classified for security reasons poll)

Top 10 Consequences of US Global Warming Policies

#10 The North Pole is renamed The Upper Side Swamp.
#9 At Christmas, Santa Clause delivers ice water in his skivvies.
#8 Alaska’s state flower becomes the Tropic Orchid.
#7 The pink flamingo is removed from the endangered species list.
#6 Instead of chilly blue, aliens visit the radiant briquette earth.
#5 Bush & Company’s sheet-of-denial melts exposing them as the jaded thugs they are.
(oops-a-daisy)
#4 Iraq inflames making it uninhabitable.
#3 Iraqis displace Hispanics as our leading illegal immigrant.
#2 Bush won’t rebuild New Orleans because it’s under 50-feet of Gulf.
#1 Bush won’t rebuild Ground Zero because it’s under 50-feet of Atlantic.

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By foxjazz, November 3, 2006 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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You better hope we are a threat to world peace. Having that threat is the only thing going that keeps the peace!

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