Anti-Americanism: It's About American Power, Not Policy
By Soeren Kern
Soeren Kern has penned a very thoughtful article at AmericanThinker this morning.
Bill Clinton has promised that President Hillary will dispatch him and George H.W. Bush abroad to repair the supposed damage to our foreign relations allegedly wrought by George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton herself says she would "send a message heard across the world: The era of cowboy diplomacy is over."
How can America improve its image abroad? Answers to this question are being bandied by all of the presidential hopefuls. John McCain promises to "immediately close Guantanamo Bay." Ron Paul and Barack Obama both say they would withdraw American troops from Iraq.
Soeren Kern provides historical factlines concerning why "they hate us" overseas and what we would need to do to make them "not hate us", the costs of such, and why it would never work anyway.
Better, therefore, if the next president focuses on keeping America strong and secure, rather than on pleasing those who will never like the United States, even if its foreign policy changes.
Better, also, for the next president to focus on wielding American power wisely, because doing so will earn the United States (grudging) respect, which in the game of unstable relationships that characterizes modern statecraft, is far more important than love.
As a child I recall wondering why some other kids "hated me". No matter what I analyzed; it never added up. And as an adult, from time to time, I still wonder the same when I meet up with various rudenesses, incivilities, and outright bigotries.
There are things about myself I cannot change or will not change. The former because I can't and the latter is because to do so goes against all that uphold.
And so as I a child I resolved to not only make attempts to understand the "hatred" but to understand how to make myself less "hated" through a stronger self defense. I had no control over why one would choose to hate me; therefore, my best policy was to improve in the ways I responded to such hatred, so that I might be less hated by being more respected.
Sometimes that meant returning a civil response to a hateful charge; but other times that meant a swift, firm and rapid "in your face" to the hater.
Knowing and understanding the difference between those two is absolutely important.