Monday, July 03, 2006

The Brits Don't Like Us

They think we're cruel, vulgar imperialists:

People in Britain view the United States as a vulgar, crime-ridden society obsessed with money and led by an incompetent president whose Iraq policy is failing, according to a newspaper poll.

The United States is no longer a symbol of hope to Britain and the British no longer have confidence in their transatlantic cousins to lead global affairs, according to the poll published in The Daily Telegraph.

The YouGov poll found that 77 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that the US is "a beacon of hope for the world".

As Americans prepared to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence on Tuesday, the poll found that only 12 percent of Britons trust them to act wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.

A massive 83 percent of those questioned said that the United States doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.

With much of the worst criticism aimed at the US adminstration, the poll showed that 70 percent of Britons like Americans a lot or a little.

US President George W. Bush fared significantly worse, with just one percent rating him a "great leader" against 77 percent who deemed him a "pretty poor" or "terrible" leader.

More than two-thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a view said President George W Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a cover for the pursuit of American self-interests.

US policy in Iraq was similarly derided, with only 24 percent saying they felt that the US military action there was helping to bring democracy to the country.

A spokesman for the American embassy said that the poll's findings were contradicted by its own surveys.

"We question the judgment of anyone who asserts the world would be a better place with Saddam still terrorizing his own nation and threatening people well beyond Iraq's borders," the paper quoted the unnamed spokesman as saying.

And presumably the Brits question the judgment of anyone who asserts the world is a better place with death squads and suicide bombers terrorizing Iraq and with the country that overthrew Saddam still occupying Iraq and threatening people well beyond Iraq's borders.

Come to think of it, I question such people's judgment, too.

1 comment:

TheOctillion said...


I liked your comment re hinderakers challenge:

I want Hinderaker and all his right-wing minions to send ME every piece of evidence that supports the claim, shrieked at top volume from every right-wing blog, that it makes any difference at all to American lives whether "the terrorists" knew about the Swift program or not. Because this is something I cannot wrap my brain around, John. I need some concrete proof that there is a direct and immediate connection between "the terrorists" finding out about one particular method the U.S. uses to track their money, and putting American lives in danger. Where is the connection?

I actually started to answer that, but then added a series of socratic questions for Hinderaker to answer in turn, that go to the fundamental underying issues of his site's "assertion"s re the Constitution.

Im still working on it, because am going to print it (along with his response, if any)as an article