I understand that some countries don’t like the US. I also understand that this is almost universally true when it comes to countries that lack freedom (Iran, N. Korea, China, the former USSR, etc).
But how can it ever come as a surprise to anyone when the US decides to take action? Let’s face it, you know if you’re a friend or a foe of the US LONG before anything happens.
46 years ago President Kennedy said:
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of freedom.”
Am I supposed to believe the world thinks we changed our minds?
I just thought it was important to get this out there because lately I’ve been providing information about the Opportunity Cost of the War in Iraq, quoting Bush’s hypocritical statement about nation building, and citing the new Presidential Dictatorship Doctrine.
Despite the current situation, anyone on earth would be out of their mind to even think for one split second that the US would shy away from any conflict if we felt our freedom, or that of one of our allies were seriously at risk.
I really just can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to ally with the US? Doing so gives you the biggest trading partner in the world, a great country to vacation in plus reciprocal tourism, the ability to get massive loans and foreign aid, the ability to influence US decisions, and much more. Being a foe is just bad news…