On Nov. 2, Americans blew their only chance to
redeem themselves in the eyes of the world.
The entire world is stunned by the Bush administration's abandonment of a half
century of U.S. diplomacy in favor of misguided, unilateralist, "preemptive"
naked aggression on totally false pretenses against Iraq. America's allies are
amazed at the ignorance manifested by the Bush administration. They are resentful
of Bush's "in-your-eye" attitude toward friends who warned Bush against
leading America into a quagmire and giving Osama bin Laden the war he wanted.
The world was waiting hopefully for the sensible American people to rectify
the ill-advised actions of a rogue neoconservative administration. Instead,
Americans placed the stamp of approval on the least justifiable military action
since Hitler invaded Poland.
In the eyes of the world, Bush's reelection is proof that Ariel Sharon's neoconservative
allies in the Bush administration speak for America after all.
The world's sympathy for America that followed the Sept. 11 attacks has been
squandered. If the U.S. suffers terrorist attacks in the future, the world will
say that America invited the attacks and got what it asked for.
Europeans and Asians will never be able to comprehend that Bush was reelected
because Americans were voting against homosexual marriage and abortion.
The world is simply unable to believe that Americans, so enamored of family
values, would vote to send their sons, fathers, husbands, and brothers to unprovoked
war unless Americans valued empire and control over oil as more important than
their family members.
The crude propagandistic Republican campaign against John Kerry is shocking
to Europeans. The childishness of American conservatives scares them.
America's French friends, seeking to save America from making the same
mistakes that France made in the past, advised Bush not to rush into an Iraqi
invasion. American conservatives instantly and blindly perceived French words
of wisdom as proof that France was in the "against us" camp. Conservatives
announced a boycott of French fries. Everything French was denigrated for no
other reason than the French tried to warn us.
Conservatives quickly produced a "revisionist" book, Our
Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France,
"proving" that France has always been America's worst enemy.
America's European allies cannot differentiate the immaturity of American
conservatives from the ignorance of the National Socialists.
As hearts harden and minds close against America, Americans will have to go
The U.S. invasion of Iraq has proved to be a disaster exactly as the
French and everyone with a mere modicum of sense said in advance. Eight of ten
U.S. divisions are tied down by a few thousand insurgents.
U.S. troops do not control towns, cities, roads, or even the fortified Green
The American impulse is to smash cities, thus killing women and children and
destroying the homes and livelihoods of noncombatants, while the insurgents
regroup elsewhere. The top American generals, who were ridiculed by the Secretary
of Defense and his deluded neoconservative deputy for forthrightly stating that
occupation of Iraq would require a larger army than was available, stand vindicated.
The price of the Bush administration's delusion is 10,000 dead and maimed American
troops more than three times the casualties caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks. Bush's declared policy of "continuing to the end" will swell
this number and bring back the draft.
The world is amazed that Americans do not care that they have been deceived,
lied to, and incompetently led and that Americans have chosen to continue along
Bush's reelection has ended forever respect for America. New and unflattering
sobriquets for Americans are emerging. The American century is over.