Bush not the only problem
By Owen Harris, On Line Opinion, October 26, 2007

A reply by Con George-Kotzabasis

The respectable Australian commentantor on international affairs Owen Harris writes, “the US and the American people are experiencing a crisis of confidence” and “anti-Americanism is at all times high”. In my opinion the first issues from the US’s involvement in the war of Iraq and due to the initial serious tactical errors committed by it in the aftermath of the fall of the Saddam regime and on the up till now irresolution of the war. This “crisis of confidence” however, is momentary because it’s precisely related to the unresolved war. And the signs are favorable. As Americans have corrected their mistakes and are implementing a new strategy under their capable commander General Petraeus they seem to be winning the war—as I always believed that they would—and according from reports on the ground are “crippling al Qaeda”. Hence, the restoration of “respect and credibility” to the US depends on the defeat of the insurgency in Iraq.

The second issue, anti-Americanism is not new. It was always there although in a milder form—it goes with the trappings of being the sole superpower—and it was exacerbated as a result of the “mishandling” of the war and the bad publicity of the liberal media against the Bush administration.

To be respected and credible a superpower must implement its foreign policy with wisdom and resolve and undeviatingly from the main threat it faces. The US has not lost the capacity to do so. Once the powerful blast of the trumpets of US power flatten the walls of Jericho, the Iraqi insurgency, the benign prestigious hegemony of America will continue to play its historical role as the axis of world order and peace.


  1. opit says:

    Mm. When do they quit arming all sectarian opponents and hunt Al Qaeda instead of using them as paid insurgents – as in Iran ?
    It’s cute y’know. Saudis ( supposedly ) were responsible for 9/11. Afghanistan was where they were chased to : Osama still unaccounted for. Meantime the ‘fight’ has moved to the Taleban and now Islam/Muslims – in a country which was a stage managed threat.
    ‘Implement its foreign policy with wisdom and resolve’. You see this happening, do you?
    Bush said the man he put in charge was a ‘boot-licker’ : so he’s suddenly been dissed by Dems? A bright dude with an understanding of the problem.
    Funny. He wasn’t supplied with the tools he said were necessary for the job : and stated a ‘political solution’ was necessary.
    Damn. Wonderful progress.

  2. kotzabasis says:

    Opit, It’s this “boot-licker” General Petraeus that is LICKING al Qaeda in Iraq.

    Your cynicism has led you to believe in the fairy tales of conspiracy mongers.

  3. opit says:

    Well, you have faith enough for both of us. It’s a good thing, cause our ‘take’ on the situation is so far apart it’s ridiculous.

  4. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  5. Jase says:

    I hate to admit that this article is true. For those who comment on “conspiracy” or feel that the good ol USA is wrong, please kiss my “ass-umption” that you have not lost a relative over there yet, or ever fought there in the first war like some of us! As boots on the ground we only follow orders, but as slippers under the bed we get to read how CNN views the world. Have the lambs stopped screaming Clarience?

  6. kotzabasis says:

    Jase, great to have a veteran aboard! It’s the active “boots”, and not the sleeping “slippers”, that will keep America’s prestige high and peace in the rest of the world.

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  8. John Dewey~ Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.

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