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    Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

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    The United States is viewed favourably by a majority of people in only two of the world's other 21 large economies, an Ipsos/Reuters poll shows, released two days ahead of Barack Obama's inauguration as America's 44th president.

    India (72%) and Poland (53%), along with the United States itself (74%), were the only countries where the majority gave America a favourable rating. In Britain and South Korea, the number of US supporters were equal to its critics.
    Ehhm, the US views itself most favorably of all? And only two other above 50%.. Then there is a real big problem..

    What did NAZI Germany think about themselves for example? Or what did Soviet and what do Russia think of themselves? Thats quite interesting.. I would think all of them had and have high feelings about themselves, while the rest dislikes them.

    No matter, interesting poll. I would imagine the numbers were completely different just 15 years ago.
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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
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    Ehhm, the US views itself most favorably of all? And only two other above 50%.. Then there is a real big problem..

    What did NAZI Germany think about themselves for example? Or what did Soviet and what do Russia think of themselves? Thats quite interesting.. I would think all of them had and have high feelings about themselves, while the rest dislikes them.

    No matter, interesting poll. I would imagine the numbers were completely different just 15 years ago.
    It's great we had a president that didn't give a hoot about what anybody thought of him or his actions while defending our great nation against foreign enemies. The domestic ones he should have been tougher on.

    Why would Americans care what a bunch of ignorant foreigners thought anyway?

    It would be nice for America to withdraw for a decade and let the rest of the world deal with the challenges... well... we don't have to do that to see what happens.

    We only have to go back to the Clinton years to see all the Bush haters out protesting for America to get involved in a European war... right in their own damn back yard. No... the Euro's couldn't get it done, so they had to call in the Americans into a war we had no national security interest in.

    Then we get attacked and we act in self defense, only to find the Euro's doing a 180.

    How they ramped up the Bush hate and propaganda was something to behold. I still love to ask the most simple questions to these simpletons, and watch them squirm for answers. It's damn fun sport... and Europe is chock full of these senseless myopic loons.

    They lack an understanding of their own recent history... so what chance do they have to understand what is going on now?
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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
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    Ehhm, the US views itself most favorably of all? And only two other above 50%.. Then there is a real big problem..

    What did NAZI Germany think about themselves for example? Or what did Soviet and what do Russia think of themselves? Thats quite interesting.. I would think all of them had and have high feelings about themselves, while the rest dislikes them.

    No matter, interesting poll. I would imagine the numbers were completely different just 15 years ago.
    I'd like to know those numbers before Bush got in. I can bet you they were much, much, higher in most countries.
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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    It's great we had a president that didn't give a hoot about what anybody thought of him or his actions while defending our great nation against foreign enemies. The domestic ones he should have been tougher on.

    Why would Americans care what a bunch of ignorant foreigners thought anyway?
    So let me get this straight. You support the rampart interventionism of the Bush administration. But don't care about what foreigners think? And you're calling them ignorant?
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    We should not run our country like it is a popularity contest. The important part of all this is not whether foreigners like our country. The real question is whether we are behaving morally and in accordance with our laws. Foreigners love us to death when we hand out money, guns and nuclear fuel. That doesn't necessarily make it morally correct to do so.

    Look, we tell people what to do. We are involved in every part of the world. What's worse is that we use force to get people to do what we want. We also bribe people with cash and guns. Regardless of what we may perceive as benefits from these actions. We must ask ourselves. Is it moral and lawful to force people to do what we want? Is it moral and lawful to bribe governments to get what we want? These are the important questions, not whether foreigners like us or not.

    By the way, doesn't it stand to reason. That if we behave morally and lawfully. That most reasonable foreigners will view us favorably? Or is the entire world devoid of ethics and sanity. While America stands alone, isolated in its ideals?

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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewC View Post
    We should not run our country like it is a popularity contest. The important part of all this is not whether foreigners like our country. The real question is whether we are behaving morally and in accordance with our laws. Foreigners love us to death when we hand out money, guns and nuclear fuel. That doesn't necessarily make it morally correct to do so.

    Look, we tell people what to do. We are involved in every part of the world. What's worse is that we use force to get people to do what we want. We also bribe people with cash and guns. Regardless of what we may perceive as benefits from these actions. We must ask ourselves. Is it moral and lawful to force people to do what we want? Is it moral and lawful to bribe governments to get what we want? These are the important questions, not whether foreigners like us or not.

    By the way, doesn't it stand to reason. That if we behave morally and lawfully. That most reasonable foreigners will view us favorably? Or is the entire world devoid of ethics and sanity. While America stands alone, isolated in its ideals?
    I think your first paragraph is good, the second paragraph sucks.

    We are involved in many places, but the guns and cash we supply are used to defeat thugs. Terrorists. Idiots.

    We haven't gone to war, won and then colonized the losers.

    We're the most benevolent Super Power that has ever been.

    Don't ever forget it.

    Is it moral to wage a war, win that war, have the party sign an agreement to disarm, and then walk away for 8-years while the despot kills hundreds of thousands of his people and corrupts the corrupted UN? Is it moral to watch this threat do like kind after 911? Is it moral to leave America at risk to terror threats that could emanate from this country?

    For libs the answer seems to be "yes indeed sir" if you look at the last 6-years.

    By the way... European corruption makes the US look like a playground. Blago's just one of the team. If anyone should be disgusted with anyone, Americans should be projectile vomiting all over the EU; especially Old Europe.

    They're corrupt and they're a bunch of back stabbers, just like the left in our country. They'll beg you to act in one theater, and then kick you when you need their assistance in another.
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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    I think your first paragraph is good, the second paragraph sucks.

    We are involved in many places, but the guns and cash we supply are used to defeat thugs. Terrorists. Idiots.

    We haven't gone to war, won and then colonized the losers.

    We're the most benevolent Super Power that has ever been.

    Don't ever forget it.

    Is it moral to wage a war, win that war, have the party sign an agreement to disarm, and then walk away for 8-years while the despot kills hundreds of thousands of his people and corrupts the corrupted UN? Is it moral to watch this threat do like kind after 911? Is it moral to leave America at risk to terror threats that could emanate from this country?

    For libs the answer seems to be "yes indeed sir" if you look at the last 6-years.

    By the way... European corruption makes the US look like a playground. Blago's just one of the team. If anyone should be disgusted with anyone, Americans should be projectile vomiting all over the EU; especially Old Europe.

    They're corrupt and they're a bunch of back stabbers, just like the left in our country. They'll beg you to act in one theater, and then kick you when you need their assistance in another.
    Well, that is your opinion. I disagree. I see nothing noble about forcing nations to do our bidding. I believe that freedom has a price. That sometimes that means allowing others to decide their destiny even if there is risk involved. We are not all knowing. Despite claims to the contrary.

    Anyway, at least we are talking about the real issue. The morality of our actions, not the popularity of our government.

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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    I'd like to know those numbers before Bush got in. I can bet you they were much, much, higher in most countries.
    Thats what I think also.
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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    So let me get this straight. You support the rampart interventionism of the Bush administration. But don't care about what foreigners think? And you're calling them ignorant?
    It seems on the approval rates of Bush that Americans DO CARE.
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    Re: Poll confirms US image problem ahead of Obama debut

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewC View Post
    We should not run our country like it is a popularity contest. The important part of all this is not whether foreigners like our country. The real question is whether we are behaving morally and in accordance with our laws. Foreigners love us to death when we hand out money, guns and nuclear fuel. That doesn't necessarily make it morally correct to do so.
    The world likes you when you act morally right and are an example for others to follow, that you haven't been at all. When Bush says America is a beacon of hope, he is just completely wrong these days. The US has been a beacon of hope but is no more, Ive heard Europe is a beacon of hope nowadays.
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