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Donald Trump is right on 9/11

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: Wake up Schmidt and Jared you've got blinders on. Learn for a change to look at the US from a distance and what we do in this world playing the bully.

    Maybe it's you who needs to wake up. If you hate America so much then why do you continue to stay here? Because you have to pay for your return back to Europe? That seems like a pretty lame excuse if you hate it so much here.

    Here's the truth--the vast majority of the world holds a favorable opinion of America. That opinion sunk to new lows during the Bush years, but has rebounded resoundingly during the Obama years. That is a fact. Are you honestly suggesting that the entire world is just answering a nonpartisan research poll by a well respected organization just to make us Americans feel better? Give me a break.

    Regardless--how does the world view of American policies have anything to do with Donald Trump saying that Bush was President during 9/11?

    Sorry; did you talk to the "normal" people on the streets in all countries in the world; polls like that are skewed because they will always tell the interviewer what he wants to hear; if they interview me I will say the same; fantastic etc. Sure you're right this has nothing to do with Trump, but it is related to the article Schmidt published. So come with proof that they "love" us in all the countries we invaded or use our drones. Let alone the countries which we screwed money wise for their oil or other resources. Ok, did you interview Russians, Ukraine people, Yemen people, India people Pakistan people Bangla Desh people, a lot of Canadians, Australians, Germans??????? Doubt it if you've even ever been there. Just think, if you would get bullied around would you love that person? May be you do after you would be threatened, like we do with countries.

    Anyway all I was saying that the US is hated more than ever since 9/11, because of all our stupid wars as well as drone use around the world and created more terrorists than before 9/11 due to our actions afterwards.; if you don't agree with that; just too bad; I have no problem with that. The "vast majority of the world" who has no conflict with us like Australia; they don't care, as long we don't meddle with them.

    A Non-partisan research institute? Sorry it totally depends on who they asked; if you ask a person who's family is killed by our drones or a rich individual who does business with the US. Wake up, it is as good or worse as our election polls.

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    Dutch -- I have observed your posts over the past few years, and your views on America and Americans have not changed one iota. You are still the same Dutch that first signed onto this website. We agree on many issues, but the one issue that we have consistently disagreed on is how Americans and their presidents are perceived in the world. I would be the first to agree that the Cheney/Bush cowboys did major damage to America's image abroad. On the other hand, though, you have to acknowledge that the Obama/Biden/Clinton/Kerry efforts on foreign policies have vastly improved our image in many countries, but certainly not Russia or North Korea or Israel or some of the Arab Middle East countries.

    If President Obama's image is a reflection of the American image abroad, then these Pew Research charts on how Obama is viewed abroad have validity beyond just his presidency. I do note, however, that the Netherlands is not one of the countries in the poll, so I can't challenge your view that the Dutch hate our guts...and presumably President Obama.

    Pew Research Center, June 24, 2015: 7 charts on how the world views President Obama

    Take a look at Chart No 6...how western European countries view President Obama versus George W. Bush. The question posed was "How much confidence do you have in President Obama to do the right thing regarding world affairs?"

    The Germans gave him a 73 percent rating. The French an 83 percent rating. The United Kingdom 76 percent. The Dutch weren't polled.

    I traveled in Germany last fall visiting my wife's relatives. I would say that the ratings are consistent with my observations as of last fall.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dutch -- I have observed your posts over the past few years, and your views on America and Americans have not changed one iota. You are still the same Dutch that first signed onto this website. We agree on many issues, but the one issue that we have consistently disagreed on is how Americans and their presidents are perceived in the world. I would be the first to agree that the Cheney/Bush cowboys did major damage to America's image abroad. On the other hand, though, you have to acknowledge that the Obama/Biden/Clinton/Kerry efforts on foreign policies have vastly improved our image in many countries, but certainly not Russia or North Korea or Israel or some of the Arab Middle East countries.

    If President Obama's image is a reflection of the American image abroad, then these Pew Research charts on how Obama is viewed abroad have validity beyond just his presidency. I do note, however, that the Netherlands is not one of the countries in the poll, so I can't challenge your view that the Dutch hate our guts...and presumably President Obama.

    Pew Research Center, June 24, 2015: 7 charts on how the world views President Obama

    Take a look at Chart No 6...how western European countries view President Obama versus George W. Bush. The question posed was "How much confidence do you have in President Obama to do the right thing regarding world affairs?"

    The Germans gave him a 73 percent rating. The French an 83 percent rating. The United Kingdom 76 percent. The Dutch weren't polled.

    I traveled in Germany last fall visiting my wife's relatives. I would say that the ratings are consistent with my observations as of last fall.

    Schmidt, thanks. Sorry again, I was not talking about Obama on how he's viewed. Considering previous Presidents he's doing his job to the best of his knowledge. However as I said many times he's not really the "face" to the outside world; it is the power houses like the Pentagon, Wall Street, our rich 1%, our drones, our corruption, our gun laws, our arrogant attitude in the world, our love for wars, invade countries who never attacked us, bombing civilians who in turn flee to Europe. Waving "money" to get it their way all over the world etc etc. I hope you understand that a President can do very little against the "power blocks" here; so I don't blame him; his hands are tied due to the system here..
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: At least the Dutch are not suffering at all thanks to a socialistic system. No one sleeps on the street as they here do.

    The Netherlands has a total population of 16.8 million people. That is less than half the population of California. The Netherlands also greatly restricts the number of immigrants it accepts and places draconian demands on them before, during, and after they accept new immigrants. That's just a fact.

    It's easy to say no one sleeps on the streets when a country is small and they pick and choose each and every person that can reside there with draconian immigration laws. It's a little more difficult when you a are a country of over 300 million and have people of all races and cultures spread out from coast to coast.

    Sorry Jared, you still don't understand; plenty of people sleep here on the street and are homeless; due to like Bernie says that the Netherlands has got a socialistic system which arranges that these people get a roof above their head. Even the new refugees get that plus food and money. Here you need private food drives or private help via collections if any at all to help these people. I met a guy from an Indian reservation who slept on a bench on the beach. That is how we treat the original real Americans.

    Don't forget either that in The Netherlands it is a mixed culture with probably more diversity than here in general; Surinam people, Indonesian People, West Indies people, Maroccan's, Turks, Lybian, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, All east block countries, Jewish, etc. and now Syrian, more Lybians and from other places from Africa where there are problems.

    Anyway Jared, you still live on an island called the USA; put a lot of flag stickers on your car and buy some more guns. Enjoy!!!