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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    I have noticed this trend in Europe. Australia may be different.
    Yes, we have three treaties with the United States - a military treaty, a land treaty and an economic treaty. And these are the three legs of the stool on which we sit.

    The land treaty guarantees our security to the South in Antarctica. Our close friend and ally, New Zealand, is to our East. And the empty Indian Ocean is to our West. And the American military bases in Diego Gracia and Guam protect our North. And the economic treaty guarantees our future prosperity.

    So we have much to be thankful for. And we are.

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    Teach that to the Europeans!

    Ha, no, just kidding. Most Europeans are fine with Americans, but things got quite hostile during the Bush administration. Basically, people would ask you what you thought about Bush, and you did not dare say you liked him, or you were dumped into the big garbage dump never to be resurrected from that place again. Luckily for me, I did not really appreciate most of his foreign policy, so I was safe.

    But I just hate it when people - even in jest - come to me and say, "WOW you can be proud to be an American again." It's like ? Either I was proud the whole time, and that is not dependent on any one joker in office, or I was not proud, in which case any one joker is not going to change that. Dumb asses.

    I prefer people who are relatively consistent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    Teach that to the Europeans!

    Ha, no, just kidding. Most Europeans are fine with Americans, but things got quite hostile during the Bush administration. Basically, people would ask you what you thought about Bush, and you did not dare say you liked him, or you were dumped into the big garbage dump never to be resurrected from that place again. Luckily for me, I did not really appreciate most of his foreign policy, so I was safe.

    But I just hate it when people - even in jest - come to me and say, "WOW you can be proud to be an American again." It's like ? Either I was proud the whole time, and that is not dependent on any one joker in office, or I was not proud, in which case any one joker is not going to change that. Dumb asses.

    I prefer people who are relatively consistent.
    Fortunately our Prime Minister, John Howard, was best mates with President George Bush.

    And we have just sent our Minister for Defence, the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, as ambassador to the United States. So we hope to further develop our close and fruitful relationship.

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    In my opinion, the long-term value of a country does not solely depend upon the leader who happens to be in office for four or eight years. Several other things are a great deal more important. Like a business, people always point the finger at the Chief Executive Officer, but in reality, it's often the Board of Directors, the Private Equity Firm, or the advisors who are pulling the strings. Foreign policy is short-term; values and culture is long-term, or should be anyway.
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    Well, among the contenders (biggest countries of the world), it's almost surely the best alternative. I'd personally choose Brazil but introverts of the world dislike the atmosphere over there.
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    This thread has left me... speechless.


    Okay, so what if a paper says it's the most admired country in the world? It a fact that not everybody in the world is smart, in fact most people are not and this might be an obvious reason why they admire 'America', especially if it is only for Obama (?!?!?! - admiring a country for a single citizen?).
    I for one wouldn't set foot there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by une_autre View Post
    This thread has left me... speechless.


    Okay, so what if a paper says it's the most admired country in the world? It a fact that not everybody in the world is smart, in fact most people are not and this might be an obvious reason why they admire 'America', especially if it is only for Obama (?!?!?! - admiring a country for a single citizen?).
    I for one wouldn't set foot there!

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    I've just learnt that the budget of the Pentagon is roughly the same size as the whole of Australia's Gross National Product (GNP).

    This is an extraordinary discrpancy and must colour our relations to an extraordinary degree.

    I have always wondered why Americans are so assertive. At first I thought is was because your self esteem was fed at school. But it is obvious you are assertive because you have overwhelming economic power, backed by overwhelming military power, backed by huge territories and backed by the huge propaganda system of Hollywood.

    In fact you are assertive because you have overwhelming power.

    And it can't have escaped your attention that the assertion of overwhelming power in the face of the relatively powerless, is ugly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I've just learnt that the budget of the Pentagon is roughly the same size as the whole of Australia's Gross National Product (GNP).

    This is an extraordinary discrpancy and must colour our relations to an extraordinary degree.

    I have always wondered why Americans are so assertive. At first I thought is was because your self esteem was fed at school. But it is obvious you are assertive because you have overwhelming economic power, backed by overwhelming military power, backed by huge territories and backed by the huge propaganda system of Hollywood.

    In fact you are assertive because you have overwhelming power.

    And it can't have escaped your attention that the assertion of overwhelming power in the face of the relatively powerless, is ugly

    I think that Americans probably were assertive even before we were a superpower. We're not a particularly self-effacing group of people, and I don't think we ever were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I've just learnt that the budget of the Pentagon is roughly the same size as the whole of Australia's Gross National Product (GNP).

    This is an extraordinary discrpancy and must colour our relations to an extraordinary degree.

    I have always wondered why Americans are so assertive. At first I thought is was because your self esteem was fed at school. But it is obvious you are assertive because you have overwhelming economic power, backed by overwhelming military power, backed by huge territories and backed by the huge propaganda system of Hollywood.

    In fact you are assertive because you have overwhelming power.

    And it can't have escaped your attention that the assertion of overwhelming power in the face of the relatively powerless, is ugly
    Canadians are as assertive as Americans. They just think they aren't.
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