Thursday, November 9, 2006
Boo-Hoo... The Eurotrash And Terrorists Didn't Like Us.
H/T to GPB Insider Payallin for this graphic.
According to the Associated Press, this November was an "electoral rebuke" for President Bush and is being celebrated throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Is anyone else getting a bad feeling in the pit of their stomach?
Excerpted from Breitbart.com (all emphasis and red type mine):
On Iraq, some worried that Democrats will force a too-rapid retreat, leaving the country and the region in chaos. Others said they doubted the congressional turnover would have a dramatic impact on Iraq policy any time soon, largely because the Democrats have yet to define the course they want to take.
What? You mean the Dems didn't define their strategy as part of their platform before elections? HAHAHAHA!
But from Paris to Pakistan, politicians, analysts and ordinary citizens said Wednesday they hoped the Democratic takeover of both Houses of Congress would force Bush to adopt a more conciliatory approach to global crises, and teach a president many see as a "cowboy" a lesson in humility.
In an extraordinary joint statement, more than 200 Socialist members of the European Parliament hailed the American election results as "the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world."
Oh, well NOW I'm relieved; the frickin' socialists like us now.
I wonder what nightmare they would be referring to? All the foreign aid we give other countries? Or that we supply and fund most of the U.N.? Or that we just enforced some of the multitudes of toothless resolutions they passed?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has consistently railed against the Bush administration, called the election "a reprisal vote."
Ladies and Gentlemen, Hugo Chavez is happy about the Dems being in power. I hope they're listening to this, because Chavez obviously has them pegged for someone I hope they are not.
In Paris, American expatriates and French citizens alike packed the city's main American haunts to watch results overnight and early Wednesday, with some standing to cheer or boo as vote tabulations came in.
One Frenchman, 53-year-old teacher Jean-Pierre Charpemtrat, said it was about time U.S. voters figured out what much of the rest of the world already knew.
That we should start capitulating to Muslim terrorists? I wonder how many cops and buses have been ambushed in Paris this week...
"Americans are realizing that you can't found the politics of a country on patriotic passion and reflexes," he said. "You can't fool everybody all the time _ and I think that's what Bush and his administration are learning today."
That's right; NO policy based on good, old-fashioned patriotism. You have to be apathetic and self-loathing to fit into 'western culture' nowadays.
Bush is deeply unpopular in many countries, with particularly intense opposition to the war in Iraq, the U.S. terror holding facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and allegations of Washington-sanctioned interrogation methods that some equate with torture.
Those prayer rugs and copies of the Koran we provided is rough treatment, all right. As well as the average weight gain of between 20-50 pounds that most prisoners at Gitmo put on, not to mention the free, high-quality medical care.
Many said they thought the big gains by Democrats signaled the beginning of the end of Bush's tenure.
In Copenhagen, Denmark, Jens Langfeldt, 35, said he didn't know much about the midterm elections but was opposed to Bush, referring to the president as "that cowboy."
So the AP basically interviewed an uninformed, mincing piece of Eurotrash and published his inane comment.
I'd take a "cowboy" over that guy any day.
In Sri Lanka, some said they hoped the rebuke would force Bush to abandon a unilateral approach to global issues.
"The Americans have made it clear that current American policy should change in dealing with the world, from a confrontational approach, to a more consensus-based and bridge-building approach," said Jehan Perera, a political analyst. The Democratic win means "there will be more control and restraint" over U.S. foreign policy.
Is that like the "global test" that Kerry wanted us to pass? In my view, a lack of a still-smoldering hole in the ground in the Middle East is a testament to our "control and restraint."
Passions were even higher in Pakistan, where Bush is deeply unpopular despite billions in aid and support for President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
One opposition lawmaker, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, said he welcomed the election result, but was hoping for more. Bush "deserves to be removed, put on trial and given a Saddam-like death sentence," he said.
Yeah, we should put that SOB Bush to death for murdering all of his political opponents... No... Well, maybe we should execute him for that time he gassed an entire... No, that never happened either...
Well, hell. Let's just put him to death, anyway.
But while the result clearly produced more jubilation than jitters, there were also some deep concerns.
In Denmark, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen told broadcaster TV2 he hoped the president and the new Congress would find "common ground on questions about Iraq and Afghanistan."
"The world needs a vigorous U.S.A.," Fogh Rasmussen said.
That's the bottom line: The U.S. keeps the rest of the world from dissolving into petty infighting and all out war, both economically and militarily.
There was also some concern that Democrats, who have a reputation for being more protective of U.S. jobs going overseas, will make it harder to achieve a global free trade accord. And in China, some feared the resurgence of the Democrats would increase tension over human rights and trade and labor issues. China's surging economy has a massive trade surplus with the United States.
"The Democratic Party ... will protect the interests of small and medium American enterprises and labor and that could produce an impact on China-U.S. trade relations," Zhang Guoqing of the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in a report on Sina.com, one of China's most popular Internet portals.
You can kiss that goodbye, China. After the Dems get done restricting your trading ability, they'll tax the working man to the point that he will no longer be able to afford to buy anything you export, anyway.
The prospect of a sudden change in American foreign policy could also be troubling to U.S. allies such as Britain, Japan and Australia, which have thrown their support behind the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Asked whether the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signaled a new direction in the war that has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 U.S. troops, Bush said, "Well, there's certainly going to be new leadership at the Pentagon."
Cindy Sheehan displays the utmost grace and decorum
outside the White House on Wednesday.
"The problem for Arabs now is, an American withdrawal (from Iraq) could be a security disaster for the entire region," said Mustafa Alani, an Iraqi analyst for the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. He said the Middle East could be left to cope with a disintegrating Iraq mired in civil war, with refugees fleeing a failed state that could become an incubator for terrorism.
He's absolutely right.
Look, I don't want to be all doom and gloom. I really, really don't. I'm hoping that the Democratic Congress can be reasonable and work to improve America.
But I fear that, just like the GOP, they will soon become engorged on their new power and start doing what is best for the party, rather than the country.
We shall see...