One of my favorite things I do early each morning I get into work is peruse the foreign press. I like to know what they think of us. Apparently not much.
The latest fuel for their anti-U.S. fire is the White House's position on Iraqi contracts (search) that only coalition-supporting countries need apply.
The French called it arrogant. Actually the French calling anyone arrogant would be like me chastising someone for not eating a salad... don't go there. But I digress.
The Germans called President Bush cavalier.
The Belgians, selfish.
South Korea says we're sending the wrong message.
And on and on.
Sometimes when I get a little tired, I get a little blunt. It's a good thing I'm not president of the United States, because I'd just snap.
I'd tell the Germans, who don't like our thousands of troops there, all right, I'm pulling them out of there.
I'd tell the French, who don't like our intervening in conflicts, next time you get a butcher from Bosnia, "you" have at it.
I'd tell the South Koreans, if we're such an annoyance protecting your sorry asses from that nut in the pajamas just north of you, "you" deal with the nut in pajamas. We'll sit this one out.
Frankly I'm sick and tired of countries that say they're sick and tired of us.
If you hate us so much, do without our dollars. Do without our troops. Do without our aid. And support. Our security. And our help. Do without those things that deep inside you know you can't live without.
We're not a perfect country. But I'll tell you what, we're not a smarmy, wormy, back-stabbing, double-crossing, second-guessing, two-bit butt-licking phony country.
What you see is what you get.
Look, we don't expect a thank you in this country. But we're due a hell of a lot more than a screw you in this country.
So Jacques, the next time some butcher's at your doorstep and you come screaming to us for help, don't be surprised if we take a pass and suggest "you," take a stand.
I won't hold my breath waiting for that headline.
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