Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 698 times:
So, if Iraq is such a threat, how about we put an Icon on CNN that says the level of being "Saddamized" (LOL). What I want to know here is if any of you mainly in the US, or even outside the US are starting to change their minds about the Bush administration's crusade against Saddam. I used to believe in this president, especially after 9/11. He was great then and he brought the country together. But damn, he's so hell bent on having this war. I don't understand it. It can't JUST be about oil. I think perhaps it is, but on the minds of most Americans oil is rather a non-important issue.
Over the past year, I have become more and more disgusted with the Bush administration. I knew, I KNEW we would start getting involved in something we didn't want, and we would heighten world tensions after the China/Spy Plane incident. I fully expected harsh rhetoric from China. That is where they are in their politics, but the US had moved FAAAR away from it's cold war policies and heated rhetoric in the past. The Chinese are very concerned with pride, so I expected a harsh statement from Beijing. I think the Chinese were in the wrong here, but what I didn't expect was for the US to respond using the same rhetoric as the Chinese. I thought we had moved beyond that. That's when I got worried about Bush and the administration. September 11th however, united us all, democrat and republican. I saw a concerned and compassionate man in Bush, and I saw America in him.....for a while.
Over the past year his administration seemed to have become less focused, and more about confusing the minds of the American people and the world than having a clear set objective to better the lives of Americans. While military personnel are there to serve their country and follow it's commands, I wonder what's going on in their minds politically, and about the validity of this war. They will obviously say they are doing their duty, but they have to have political values as well.
At any rate, my opinion of Bush has changed, even more so after the Powell speech and our reaction to the criticism. Bush just says the same thing over and over and never offers any new information or any new points of view. It seems like America is now in a mode where we don't have peripheral vision, only line of sight.
My grandmother is a staunch democrat, as well as my family. I've always been more moderate, and have defend Bush often. However, I'm finding it harder and harder to do nowadays. Anyone else in this country finding more and more flaws with him in this country?
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 683 times:
As I've said in another thread, more and more people in the U.S. are recognizing this and are beginning to think independently for themselves. They're realizing that this man only has a tunnel vision, and is preying on the public's fear to further his illogical agendas. The reason why there has been such criticism of the U.S. from every single country in the world is that this is easier to see being on the outside. What we see is a president who comes off as arrogant and unintelligent, with a one-sided view of the world, constantly using fear as a tool to whip the American public into a bloody frenzy. Once America was pumped up with fear and anger, it was easy for this administration to slowly limit their freedoms one by one. Look at the major accomplishments of this president: so called "homeland security" (now the government can do whatever they want in the name of security), the locking down of airports (spotters are now being arrested and intimidated, much to the laughing stock of their fellow colleagues in Europe), the registration of Arab Americans (a racist policy if I've ever seen one), complicated and beauracratic visa regulations (American companies are now losing contracts because they can't get their business partners into the country, some visa applications now take 4 MONTHS to be approved, by which time the contract has already been awarded to some foreign competitor), this wretched color coded alert system (simply move the lever to adjust the public's fear in order to coincide with whatever agenda you need propagated), etc...
This is why he is so disliked the world over. Contrast this with past American presidents, who did not meet with this type of reception. This alone should indicate that the world does not hate Americans, they hate the current American leadership.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 673 times:
Heck, I've lived here for about 7 years now, and still waiting for a green card. Here's the recent, chronological timeline for the last 8-12 months:
-Submit latest visa renwal.
-Visa renewal comes through just just before expiration
-Submit greencard application to a centre in Dallas
-Application gathers dust in a room in Dallas, not being the light of day for over a month and a half
-Application transferred to centre in Vermont
-Application rejected on basis that father's previous work experience is not applicable to his current job in the US (which is B.S.)
-Resubmit application by changeing 1 sentence in work history
-INS says expect final processing and green card shortly
-INS changes "shortly" to "6 months"
-INS changes "6 months" to "at least a year"
-Social security number and work permit issued to me
-INS and Banks assure me I can use these to get student loans and financial aid
-University disagrees says wait for greencard but send info to INS to make sure
-University says INS Miami office will get back to them in 2-3 weeks
-INS Miami office changes "2-3 weeks" to "at least 30 days"