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"It comes with the territory. Get used to it."
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, December 18, 2008

Matthew Kaminski throws a little cold water on the expectations of those who are sure that Obama will "restore our reputation in the world."
One hates to spoil a good party, but here's a bet that's far safer these days than a U.S. Treasury bill: Even with Obama at the White House, they won't really like us any more than before.

It's not because America's not a special country, a City upon a Hill, from the Pilgrims to Obama, the Blagojevich couple and other American horrors notwithstanding. It's because it is. And as ever, our earnest assertion of our superior ontological uniqueness—not to mention its reality in and of itself—is exactly what always grated on the unfriendlies grouped together under the banner of anti-Americanism.
Kaminski points out that what Bush did was simply give those who never have and never will like the US cover to do so openly. But he reminds us that well before Bush ever had a chance to establish that cover, the feelings were still evident. Even the "we are all Americans" moment after 9/11 wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

It shows a certain level of both naivete and political immaturity to make the highest priority in foreign policy being "liked" by the rest of the world. It's an impossible job as the former PM of Spain reminds us:

Last year, on the eve of the 3/11 train attacks anniversary, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar told me that power makes America, the Rome of our times, a target of so much criticism. His message: It comes with the territory; get over it.
And a British historian reminds us:
"We didn't give a toss what anyone thought when we ran the world."
Ah, but the Sally Fields crew does. However, given how the real world works, no matter what we do in an attempt to be better "liked" in the world, those who make that a priority are sure to be disappointed. Until and unless the US becomes a third-world backwater, the same attitude we see now will prevail. The only difference one might see his how openly it is displayed.
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The world doesn’t need a hero, it needs a protector. America is the Dark Knight.
Written By: James D
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It’s not like we didn’t say this... repeatedly... going in.
Written By: Bithead
"We didn’t give a toss what anyone thought when we ran the world."

Now THAT! ;-)
Written By: CR
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When all the world hate Obama, like they did George Bush, will it be apparent that the entire world is filled with racists ? ... or is it something else ?
Written By: Neo
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When all the world hate Obama, like they did George Bush, will it be apparent that the entire world is filled with racists ? ... or is it something else ?
Something else - it’ll finally mean the world is wrong.
Written By: McQ
How the "world" feels about the U.S. is a very carefully orchestrated thing.

What the world-wide Left knows how to do, and do very well, remarkably well, is to stir a mimetic contagion where the U.S. is the object of ire.

Conservatives, and libertarians, are absolutely flat-footed when the Left goes on this particular mimetic warpath, and simply don’t get it, can’t deal with it when they do get it, and seem not to even know, most of the time, that it’s even happening.

At this blog there’s been Erb always bringing the latest turn of the contagion around wanting to infect readers or just rub it in everyone’s face. But he’s just a bagman caught up in it himself.

The secret to it is that the Left just starts one lie after another, makes those lies the conventional wisdom, and spins the whole anti-American worldview out of it. This is initially pumped through a world-wide network of small radical parties that eventually succeed in leeching it up into the mainstream.

I’ve mentioned here the Workers World Party, a small Stalinist party with ties to North Korea and Cuba, which through its front group A.N.S.W.E.R. became the earliest sponsor of the big antiwar demos in D.C.

That odd little party is hooked into a world network of similar parties, who all seem to pretty much hold the same view, which is that the U.S. is responsible for multiform evils in the world, is always wrong, and is the great oppressor of everyone everywhere. So, it’s no surprise that if you are poor in some slum in virtually any part of the world you are likely to know that it’s the U.S. that is the cause of your poverty and suffering.

Of course, it’s the educated elites who are always in the vanguard, and the contagion sweeps through them nearly at the speed of light. A considerable part of the "world" that detests America is Europe, which has the paranoid certainty of inbred hill people when it comes to the "evil" of the Americans.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
James D,

A very appropos observation. I have to say that I wondered while I was watching that movie if the writer, director, and producers are closet Republicans, ’cuz Batman and The Joker seem to be perfect metaphors for the United States and terrorists. Like Batman, we sometimes appear to be lawless (when we don’t do exactly what everybody else wants). Yet, they rely on us to keep the peace even if they can’t admit it.
Written By: docjim505
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With a 14-digit external debt, it doesn’t matter what you think of them, they OWN yer azz.
Written By: TomD
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We’ve got their oil and goods. They’ve got pieces of paper. We just sneezed, and oil is closing in on 25% of its price a few short months ago. Who owns whom?

Written By: MarkD
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With a 14-digit external debt, it doesn’t matter what you think of them, they OWN yer azz.
As Mark points out, they don’t own anything but paper. They are the one’s depending on the full faith and credit of the U.S. What they own even more than the paper is a fervent hope that the U.S. continues to succeed, because that is what they invested in.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
"As Mark points out, they don’t own anything but paper."

As it turns out, neither do we. Checked your stock portfolio lately?
Written By: timactual
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As it turns out, neither do we. Checked your stock portfolio lately?
Got you there, Tim. I don’t have a stock portfolio.

But with the prices for stocks so far off their peaks, it’s probably a good time to start one.

Other than that, capitalism works on risk, including the stock portfolio. And there’s a reason why the old adage does not run "buy high, sell low."
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