Here is a comment by the EU President, Mr. Topalank, ( please note that we are on "the road to hell" per Mr.Topalank)
"Mr Topolanek said EU leaders had been disturbed at a summit in Brussels last week to hear calls from Tim Geithner, the US Treasury secretary, for more aggressive policies to fight the global downturn.
“The US Treasury secretary talks about permanent action and we, at our spring council, were quite alarmed at that . . . The US is repeating mistakes from the 1930s, such as wide-ranging stimuluses, protectionist tendencies and appeals, the Buy American campaign, and so on,” he told a European parliament session in Strasbourg. “All these steps, their combination and their permanency, are the road to hell.”
And here is a nice little summary so far of our incredibly great foreign policy programs, (minus the idiotic DVD set our esteemed President gave PM Brown and the silly "Overcharge" plastic box with a red button that Clinton gave Putin; both gifts worthy of heads of States!)
The "world" has always hated us. Either we are in a mode that dictators and socialists hate when we are fighting for freedom and economic opportunity everywhere, full of envy and hate for our freedom and wealth, or they hate us when we AREN'T on the side of liberty and are going down the tubes economically, because we are pulling the dependent rest of the world downn with us.
You must always remember, it is human nature to envy, even hate, those with more. Be they your neighbor or another country. I remember a questionnaire where ( in paraphrase) the MAJORITY of respondents preferred to make $50,000/year with a neighbor that makes $40,000/year, than to make $100,000/year with a neighbor that makes $150,000/year. I was shocked, but it made me understand this drive to destroy what we envy, even at a severe cost to ourselves, be they our neighbors, or other countries of us. I suppose this is the origin of the saying "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face".
I am starting to think that ENVY is the single biggest cause of all "human caused disasters". ( Little inside joke there for those of you paying attention to our Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, who represented Anita Hill back in the day, which should have given me a clue about who she is)