Frank, the disconnect between this thread and the one quoted from above is troubling.
How does a nation that shirks responsibility in the very areas that are the most important ever hope to achieve "more responsible"?
I don't know...and I acknowledge that I offered this sort of the way a theist might offer, "I pray to GOD that..."
America IS out of control. The fact that we can elect people like George Bush and Dick Cheney...and allow them access to our military might...scares the **** out of me...and I cannot imagine it does not do the same to people all over the world.
The American right also scares me. We have way, way, way too many ultra right wingers in our military.
(I'm not even going to finish that thought!)
For the good of the world, JTT...I hope we get our act in order.
As far as I am concerned, we are a decent, well-meaning people. But I dare guess that mid-1930's German and Japan were filled with decent well-meaning people also.
YOU PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE AN OBLIGATION ALSO...to give us the back of your hand when we deserve it. There are too goddam many world leaders who just are unwilling to get on our bad side.