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    Are we an arrogant country?

    Obama on his US World Apology tour, recently stated that we are an arrogant country.

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    Are we?

    What do you think of Obama's statements?


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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    Obama on his US World Apology tour, recently stated that we are an arrogant country.

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    Are we?

    What do you think of Obama's statements?
    Unfortunatly we are a very arrogant country.
    We couldn't care less how the rest of the world perceives us.
    Last edited by creativedreams; 04-08-09 at 02:31 PM.

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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    Unfortunatly we are a very arrogant country.
    We couldn't care less how the rest of the world perceives us.
    Does your we include all US citizens or do you have some other definition in mind?

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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Does your we include all US citizens or do you have some other definition in mind?

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    I should have said it is a general mindset of MOST americans

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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Does your we include all US citizens or do you have some other definition in mind?

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    Your president, that you love so much TOJ, is on a world apology tour because he has a consciounce and is probably the first president in recent times to realize, that perhaps taking into consideration the thoughts and feelings of states abroad regarding certain issues without blowing things up and making a mess of everything first is the right thing to do. In the midst of the economic crises in america, its becoming more and more evident that you cant just think about yourselves and rely on yourselves only and do whatever you want. You need the support of the internation community. No good seeking support in NATO or whatever issue it may be if those countries feel American policies are just lame arse and destructive like the warlord Bush's policies.
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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    The U.S. has nearly twice the GDP of any other nation on earth and ranks among the top in per capita income. The U.S. has the most powerful military on earth. The U.S. is the single most powerful political player in world affairs. The U.S. is widely seen around the globe (despite protestations to the contrary) as a free and prosperous nation to which economically or politically oppressed people flock. The U.S. has been and continues to be a global leader in technology, manufacturing, invention, and culture.

    When you're by far the biggest, wealthiest, and most powerful guy on the block, it's inevitable that many of your neighbors, friendly or unfriendly, will come to resent you. No matter how nice a face you put on or how humble your rhetoric. Human nature and all that.

    When watching a sports tournament or a horse race, people have a tendency to route for the underdog. It's always fun to see the big guy fall. What's really sad is that so many in the U.S. seem to want to see the same thing. A good old-fashioned 'humbling'.

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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    To be so powerful and to not be arrogant would be nearly impossible.

    Still, to go around telling people we're arrogant is like saying "Hey, people who hate us! You were right, we suck!"

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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    We give and we give and we give only to be accused of thievery and greed and arrogance. Mostly by our own citizens.

    At some point will everybody admit we did not invade Iraq for profit? Will that ever happen? We gave so much more than any other country to the tsunami victims but people were ranting about our "cheapness" within hours.

    There always has to be an ulterior motive and a conspiracy theory. It can't just be that we have responsibilities as the wealthiest country and that's all.

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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    Are we in general an arrogant country?

    To a point, yes.

    And to a point, I have no issue with that.

    I'm going to use a little analogy. Go look at sports. Often times you find that the greatest athletes have a little bit of arrogance to them. You don't want it so over the top that you're cocky, and you don't want it to the point that you're a dick. But greatness, success, skill breeds a bit of arrogance that is needed. Arrogance often comes part and parcel with confidence. The key is not to take it too far.

    So I guess for me the question would be are we a COCKY country more so than an arrogant one?

    I think we can be at times. I dislike the "**** the World" mentality, but I similarly hate the "We're just like every other country" mentality as well because we're frankly not. I dislike the "Who cares what the world thinks of us" cocky mentality, but I similarly hate this notion that we need to go to the world telling them how much of equals they are than us or how bad we are and basically talk ourselves down.

    Arrogance, yet tempered with respect and intelligence, is in and of itself not a bad thing.

    Though I did have a little laugh as I think Obama is one of the most arrogant politicians in his mannerisms and words of almost any that I can remember in my time watcing politics. He EXUDES arrogance and cockiness, which is what makes me laugh so hard at this entire thing.

    I didn't agree with Bush's attitude towards the rest of the world most of the times, but I think Barack Obama's "we suck, you all are great, I know we suck, did I mention we suck" attitude isn't any better.
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    Re: Are we an arrogant country?

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    We give and we give and we give only to be accused of thievery and greed and arrogance. Mostly by our own citizens.

    At some point will everybody admit we did not invade Iraq for profit? Will that ever happen? We gave so much more than any other country to the tsunami victims but people were ranting about our "cheapness" within hours.

    There always has to be an ulterior motive and a conspiracy theory. It can't just be that we have responsibilities as the wealthiest country and that's all.
    Politics.

    Unfortunately you'll never escape it.

    Take, for instance, Hurricane Katrina. If you asked most people, they'd tell you the government's response was a disaster. The truth is that the the rescue of civilians in New Orleans was one of the greatest civilian rescue operations in human history. Ever. Unfortunately, politics came into play almost immediately. And what should have been a positive story of human courage and empathy quickly turned ugly... a battle of finger pointing and blame that served partisan goals.


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