Do we remember how the world population felt about America in those dreadful days during and following the G.W.Bush years? They saw that we were the kind of headstrong expansionists who rained artillery fire on countries that have done little to warrant our destruction. We take over their governments, and install “democratized” agents who are responsive to our needs. In Iraq, we couldn’t understand why, though we told the people of the conquered land that they were better off, when we looked away, the conquered were fighting to return to the old and familiar ways.
We tortured our prisoners. When the Iraqi captured young and attractive Private Lynch, we were pleased to find she was in good hands, receiving proper medical attention. But when we captured “insurgents,” dissatisfied citizens fighting for their culture, we held them indefinitely. Those accused of serious crime saw the pain of waterboarding. The Asian world had one unifying element; a growing hatred for America.
Gradually we are winning back the respect and friendship of the Arab nations. We are at a point where the Iranian-centered alliance is unlikely to wage a war; even our enemies respect the way the newly awakened freedom fighters of the world have been addressed by the even-handed Obama. Could any conservative Republican have handled these student outbreaks so well? Many of the Republicans are and have been preoccupied with a show of strength. Never has the big stick been waved any higher, or any more threateningly.
Mitt Romney has done a magnificent job of staying within the limited scope of the Republican platform. That platform is merely this: “The new president, Obama, couldn’t possibly do anything right. Whatever he does is painfully foolish, and we must overthrow this man, remove him from the comfort of the White House. Romney, as do so many Republicans, courts the gun lobby, and the corporate lobby, the Limbaugh, Beck, Heritage People, as if there were no tomorrow.