In case you were wondering: yes, it’s true that GWB is not just making people abroad angry at him, but damaging the world repute of the United States.
It’s not just France, where 70% of respondents in a poll said their view of the US had become less favorable; that’s also true in Canada (64%), Australia (54%) and Britain (45%). (Bush personally is disliked by 60% of Britons, while only 25% like him. Bush is also making us less popular in Japan (74%) and South Korea (67%).
So tell me, Mr. Bush: Is it our freedom that Canadians hate? Are Australians sympathetic to terrorism? Do the South Koreans not appreciate the risk posed by Kim Jong Il?
Yes, I know that lots of swing voters and lots of Red-state voters think that pissing off the furriners is A Good Thing. But the grownups think otherwise.