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Bolton and a war with Iran
That's an interesting prediction. I wouldn't put it past them.|
Several posts here portray the US as the devil incarnate. I believe they are somewhat extreme but a useful result of such postings might be as an opportunity for Americans to see how some in the world view them. It is very important to have a balanced understanding of how the rest of the world views you, true or not.
Americans are in such a political "Wizard of Oz" dream about their socio-politics, believing they are unparalleled in their ecomonic, social and cutural superiority. It's in part due to the fact that so few Americans have ever been anywhere, except Las Vegas and New Jersey.
My sense is that America's fundamental problem is hybris. They are really pretty okay on a lot of levels, but most Americans are utterly convinced they know everything and that, as G. Bush's daddy put it, we are "the envy of the world."
From the perspectives of culture, cuisine, democracy and standard of living, there are any number of countries in the world that far outstrip the US. To say nothing of moral behavior toward the rest of the world.
There is, of course, a certain opportunity in the US to make money or "get ahead", but you'll get a heart attack from the unending hurry-hurry and incredibly unhealthy diet before you actually accomplish anything worthwhile.
But it's the unchallenged sense that "we are right" that leads the US to appointments like Bolton and to war crimes like Iraq and the perhaps soon-to-be war with Iran.
There is some hope however: Bush is obviously confused about which country is which, and it might take him until the next election to identify Iran on a world map.