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It's Bush, not the Americans the world hates!

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Submitted by Rob Riedijk (Netherlands), Dec 28, 2008 at 11:40

Apart from most countries where the Islamic religion dominates there is less anti-Americanism in the world than you think. The vile anti-American comments are mainly caused by eight years of ignorance, almost continues misjudgment, serial incompetence and complete lack of solid leadership capabilities by your President. That was already clear in 2003. Fortunately that finally comes to an end soon. As a young boy Bush already refused to do his homework and showed this lack of intelligence also during his presidency, governing by intuition and guided by religion. Well, as history showed during the past centuries, religion is usually not the best basis for reliable judgment and compassionate governing. It will be a great relief for the world to be soon saved of George W. Bush and see him vanish to oblivion, hoping to never hear of him again. There is nothing wrong with the American people, on the contrary. Except for the fact that you twice elected an incompetent commander in chief who listens to people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton and Wolfowitz. A leader who constitutes only advisors around him with the same political and ideological views will always fail. A leader has more chance to be successful when he is able to learn and reflect on his views, policy and own behavior using advisors who dare to disagree.

Finally, concerning your foreign aid statement: It is true that the USA grants a huge amount of foreign aid but as percentage of the GNP the USA is by far not the greatest contributor of foreign aid in the world. That's another (very small) country.

Rob Riedijk, The Netherlands

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