It’s bad enough we’ve completely failed to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis, but now the British are pissed off at us too!
LONDON (AFP) – People in Britain view the United States as a vulgar, crime-ridden society obsessed with money and led by an incompetent president whose Iraq policy is failing, according to a newspaper poll.
The United States is no longer a symbol of hope to Britain and the British no longer have confidence in their transatlantic cousins to lead global affairs, according to the poll published in The Daily Telegraph.
The YouGov poll found that 77 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that the US is “a beacon of hope for the world”.
As Americans prepared to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence on Tuesday, the poll found that only 12 percent of Britons trust them to act wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.
A massive 83 percent of those questioned said that the United States doesn’t care what the rest of the world thinks.
Yo, UK! Why u gotta be hatin’?
OK, that was a totally pathetic attempt to sound like a young urban hip-hop dude and that alone is probably reason enough to hate us, but give us time and we’ll try to clean up our act a bit. On the bright side it seems most of your ire is directed at BushCo:
With much of the worst criticism aimed at the US adminstration, the poll showed that 70 percent of Britons like Americans a lot or a little.
US President George W. Bush fared significantly worse, with just one percent rating him a “great leader” against 77 percent who deemed him a “pretty poor” or “terrible” leader.
More than two-thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a view said President George W Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a cover for the pursuit of American self-interests.
US policy in Iraq was similarly derided, with only 24 percent saying they felt that the US military action there was helping to bring democracy to the country.
I have to admit I can’t argue with those opinions as I share most of them myself. All I can offer in defense is the fact that I did my part in voting against the idiot in the White House in both of his elections, but alas I’m only allowed one vote.