GW Bush: Can he be stopped?
About a couple of moths ago, Fox News began to be shown here in Britian. I must admit Ive watch it quite a lot, usually with a horrorfied fascination.
Ive always known there is an element of European opinion which blames the USA for everything, that insanely belives US influence is always malevolent, that wrongly blames it whatever it does, good or bad.
I didn't realise that the feeling is mirrored in the US, where Fox News speak of Europe with utter contempt, and laughable arrogance.
I find their constant assertion that there fair and balanced especially funny.
Anyway, they show polls which put the President popularity around the 80% mark, which is just plain frightning...is there any hope for the democrats?
Never before has their been such a gulf between how a president is viewed in the US and how he is seen in the outside world.
The democrats need to have the courage to confront Bush and his ultra Conservative agenda. The way in which GW links the "War on Terror" with this domestic far-right agenda is particulalry disturbing, likewise the way voices of dissent are shouted down as almost being traitors is equally troubling. Look at the venom the likes of Alec Baldwin and the creator of West Wing (Sorkin?) have attracted for taking the president to task. The stand over the appointing over a conservative judge is encouraging, but must be only the start.
Domestically and internationally Bush and his cronies are leading us all to terrible places, (As Fox News suggests, Bush doesn't intend to take yes for an answer from the Iraqis, war is seen inevitable, desirable...then what? Iran? North Korea?) liberal opinion everywhere should not be afraid to take him and his right wing agenda on. I have nothing but contempt for the Rumsfelds of this world, and we shouldn't be afraid to say it.
It doesn't help that my own British government is one of the few in the world to give Bush a blank cheque, to merely follow where he leads. 130 of Blair's own MP's are already committed to being against an attack on Iraq, and prominent members of his cabinet will surely resign if an attack occurs with British participation. One of Blairs own MP's called him "Bush's Lewinsky!" Sadly not far wrong.
So where is the hope? Bush looks a near certainity to be around for years to come, which could have catastrophic effects on America and the wider world.
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