Any student of history will tell you that the difficulties in governing effectively, have always risen in direct proportion to a nation's power base. For all its many, many flaws, the United States is no more flawed than Classical Rome, Angevin Norman Europe, Sassanid Persia, or Qin China.
Being a power has never been easy, and is made no easier by commentary from the cheap seats. Obviously, the United States made a serious error in its prosecution of the war in Iraq. The United States was also the only nation willing to do something about genocide in the Balkans. The United States is also the nation willing to put the flower of her youth in harm's way, whenever there is crisis in Europe, or Asia.
When Rome ruled most of the Western world, the favorite game of Greek writers, was to continually comment on how barbaric the Roman's were, how poor a job they did of governing, and how much better things were, before the Romans came around ... BUT, when the Cumans, Huns and Alars were pounding at the gate, the first thing they would do is ask the Roman Empire to send her legions.
You may think of us, what you will ... but the truth is, that you are not playing in our league, so you really don't know how hard the game can be. At some point, the wise play might be forgiveness for our errors, balanced against all the good that we have done for other Western nations.
Peace ... cc
(Please forgive me for the hijacking this thread)[/color]
Ahhh, the ole "any student of history" lead eh? To me it looks like you are all over the place here. I'm miffed that there's no comparison of the Cumans to the Mayans.
Just to clarify, though, is your point:
a)"The United States could be a lot worse"
b) "being a critical idget does no one any good?"
c) "The Greeks were spoiled, dependent, powerless bastards."
d) "Australians, being from a podunk Island, have no business criticizing US foreign policy"
e) "If the Romans were still around, eveyone would hate them too."
What I find interesting about the UNITED STATES now, is how we've picked up the USSR's fallen mantle of most despised world nation. I'm not sure this has as much to do with "commentary from the cheap seats," as it does with us committing war crimes, violations of international law, and trumping up a national security threat to justify a war of agression.