I don't think anybody here is stupid enough to believe that our country never does anything bad. But I will be damned if I don't wonder about those who will believe everything bad about the US is true. Justin has taken the incident with the airport security and determined that the entire government if screwed because Bush is president. -Ken will take obvious lies from Chinese newspapers and say "shouldn't we take a longer look at ourselves?" The United States is just like each of us. We try to make the right decision at the right time for the right reasons. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. What I will not do is hit myself on the back with whips and bow down to the 3rd world countries and say "kill my citizens to make up for me being the big guy on the block." What we do have is the right to make decisions based more on our own good than that of a Somalia or Nigeria who are making decisions that will wipe out half their population. When they are done killing each other we will be glad to help them up. We don't even have to consider France's opinion unless we have reason to believe it makes sense or will badly affect us if we don't. I don't give a rat's ass whether or not the jerk in the turban or straw hat likes me or not. I cannot change his mind by giving billions to his government because it does not get to him and his government is lying to him 90% of the time. I will promise him I am not out to kill him and I will further promise him that if he wants to kill me or kill mine I will go after him. If he does not want his civilians killed as collateral damage give up and/or don't hide behind them. I will protect my own and I will attempt to not kill innocents in the process. But I will go after you. If you don't like my culture don't fucking go to my movies or buy my hamburgers. But if you do let your government know they are barking up the wrong tree. Don't buy my music if it is immoral. Hell, I don't buy much of it because it's trash. And from now let's quit paying people to hate us. A country's propaganda machine wants to slam America. Fine, we will give our billions to countries who like us or at least don't look the gift horse in the mouth. The food we send only enriches the coffers of the warlords? Kill the warlords with GPS bombs or quit giving the food. Send the food where it will do good. You want us to supply medical supplies at no cost. Fine, show me where your money is going. If it is buying more arms to suppress the people or paying for a corporate jet to fly your despot around the world forget about it. If your money is being spent to help your people we will help too. And if you don't like my country's policies don't accept the good we do. After all, it is tainted by our faults. Don't sit there in the safety you enjoy because my country defended the free world for the last 50 years. Don't use products from your industry that my country paid for reestablishing. And when you burn my flag in contempt of it please remember we are capable of recognizing friends and enemies. Be very careful which camp we perceive you to be in. In other words since you want truth be sure to remember the good we have done. There is no other country that has done so much for so many with so little return. Have we erred? Yup, no doubt. But as you hang our president in effigy or burn the symbols of our country, remember, you are changing the perception in our country of your country. And you would do well to be sure we do not think of you as our enemy. Because we are beginning to see we don't have to support our enemies. And we are beginning to realize that some we considered friends and supported with American lives are supporting our enemies and are no longer worthy of that friendship.