Debate:Restoring the USA image in the world, just a fancy phrase that means zilch?
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Restoring USA image in the world, a common liberal talking point. They have determined that America, with it unilateral approach on Iraq has damaged our image. False. The image has been damaged for some time now. First, is was a coalition of the willing, not the USA alone. Second, now that the Europeans have chimed into the Iraq debate as America wrong, liberals see it as the whole world hates America now. Before 9/11, extremists plotted to kill Americans. Why? We are the richest nation on Earth, do you think others hate us for that? Many nations are appalled at our pornagraphic industry that we export to them, can that be a part of it? Our support of Israel? We give women equal rights and a voice, many women in the world can't even leave their house alone or without a veil or go to school. My belief, and I am always correct, that liberals have found a hammer to hit conservatives with because the Europeans dislike our capitalism, and we are against socialism.--jp 18:20, 6 May 2007 (EDT)
Update, Europe heading toward pro-American leaders. Victory in Germany by Merkel replacing anti-American Schroeder. Now victory in France replacing Chirac. Coupled with victory by Harper in Canada, it now seems we have support of major nations that took a direct stand against the USA foreign policy. Restoring the USA image in the world has worked itself out without the Democrats help.--jp 10:16, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
I'm surprised to hear your suggestion that the US is disliked due to its pornography and equal rights, given that -- at least where I've been -- the US is regarded as an extremely conservative, puritanical and "old-school" nation. I can't comment on Europe, but popular opinion in Australia is pretty anti-American (especially recently). The stereotypes are, accurate or not, that the US is always intruding into other countries and that its citizens are prudes with low life expectancy but high crime, poverty and obesity rates. One particular thing that damages the US' image is its patriotism; when everyone is displaying the flag constantly, mentioning that the US is the richest nation on earth, and ending speeches with "God bless America", the entire nation comes off as conceited.
The US Presidential election gets regular coverage on Australian news, and while I personally don't support him, I can say that if he is elected anti-American sentiment will drastically decrease, as he is almost universally liked. MrGrieves 06:38, 6 May 2008 (EDT)