Sunday, June 8, 2008

America Has No Friends

We need to bolster our image around the world so we can once again get other countries to like us, because if not they may not help us when we need them. So, because they hate us or our leader or our policies they could refuse to help us if we were to call on their aid? And we're the one's with the problem?

4 comments:

R said...

"America Has No Friends"
are you sure?
Where are you getting this idea from, no article link?

What could america possibly need other countries for anyhow?
Is anyone else thinking that?
... and when the French or someone else starts bitching about something - seriously, who needs 'em? It becomes a question of whether they ought kiss America's collective butt?
As for Canada, that Maple leaf is a little too Red to be OK?

JohnK said...

We dont need no stinking friends.
Heh..

Indian Chris said...

Just an observation post. One of the arguments made by some for why we need Obama is because the rest of the world doesn't see us in a favorable light and we need him to turn that around so that, when we need their help, they won't hesitate to offer it. I was just observing that if a country wouldn't offer help to another country because they didn't like them or their leader or their policies there may be some other problem that needs working on. And not by us.

See, we're not friendly with Iran. But when the country was hit with a massive earthquake a few years back, who was one of the first, if not the first, country to run to their aid? Us. Just an observation.

R said...

"if a country wouldn't offer help to another country because they didn't like them or their leader or their policies there may be some other problem that needs working on. And not by us."

Not America's problem?
So what happens, if for example in a place like Afghanistan, where America has allies like Pakistan, where relations aren't the best - there was even suggestions at the start of the Afghan war that Pakistan was given the option of helping, or being 'bombed back to the stone-age'...
and you have a situation where both US and Pakistani forces are engaging the same enemy forces in a gun battle, and the US forces fall-back to call in an air-strike, and the air-strike takes out the Pakistani forces as well as the 'bad guys' (and civilians). Doesn't this cavalier attitude towards 'friends' risk alienating a friendly Islamic state, at a time when america can't really afford to add any more counties to the 'to do list' as far as enemies goes?
America might not need friends, but doesn't need more enemies either...

What happens when other countries start taking GWB's "you're either with us or against us" seriously as a measure of 'friends'?

...as for foreign aid, 'getting there first' (just having a fleet or two in the area), isn't the same as significant and sustained support. Among other criticisms, one comment about US-aid is that much ends-up back in the pockets of US citizens.... as 'contracts' awarded to US citizens get counted as 'aid'.