Texas Rainmaker
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October 4th, 2004 10:38 am
For those who believe John Kerry when he says “Bush cost the U.S. its credibility in the world”

The Democrats claim the war in Iraq has alienated the U.S. from the world like never before. With talks of global tests and proving legitimacy to the world, you�d think Bush is hated more around the world than any other U.S. President.

But apparently, the Democrats have a short memory, because when the Clinton administration launched attacks against Iraq in 1998, we were hearing the same arguments from the rest of the world.

December 18, 1998 - Many contended that the political situation in Iraq would probably remain unchanged, and worried that the military campaign may hurt relations among Western allies, harden resentment of the West in the Muslim world, and increase the threats from terrorism worldwide. These were regional views:

EUROPE: European media was divided on the wisdom of striking Iraq. Papers from Britain, Germany, and Italy and some smaller countries applauded the decision as courageous, demonstrating that “the world’s greatest democracy lived up to its responsibility.” Nevertheless, even those who supported the military action cautioned that there should be a long-term diplomatic strategy after the bombing stops. Many agreed with a Cologne commentator that “the military strikes carry a high political risk. But the consequences of not acting would have been much worse.” Several leading French papers, as well as those from Spain, Russia and Serbia-Montenegro opposed the U.S. decision to attack. A Belgrade paper bristled that the Milosevic regime “will be next on the U.S. list for retaliation” under “the new strategy of NATO…to use force anywhere in the world without consulting the UN.”

Basically, the only difference from 1998 to 2003 was that Germany was a supporter then and Spain wasn�t. France still opposed our actions. Did we hear John Kerry question the legitimacy of the coalition? Was he outraged at Clinton�s failure in diplomacy?

MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA: Commentators in the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain and Morocco strongly criticized the “slanderous use of force” and the “tyrannical aggression” and “disrespect” shown the Arab world.

Funny how in 1998 this didn�t translate into �increased terrorism� and �makes the U.S. more vulnerable to attacks��.

EAST AND SOUTH ASIA: Pundits in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh–and also in China–viewed the air strikes as inflicting punishment on “innocent” Iraqi civilians.

So you mean we weren�t adored for our actions? You mean others saw us as aggressors? Color me confused.
So what about Russia?

RUSSIA HAS RECALLED ITS AMBASSADORS TO THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN TO UNDERSCORE ITS OUTRAGE AT THE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ. THE AIR STRIKES ON IRAQ HAVE UNITED RUSSIA’S FRACTIOUS POLITICIANS LIKE ALMOST NO OTHER EVENT SINCE THE SOVIET SYSTEM COLLAPSED. LAWMAKERS THURSDAY TRIED TO OUTDO EACH OTHER IN EXPRESSING THEIR FURY AT THE MILITARY ACTION.

The attack on Iraq united the Russians against the U.S. like �no other event since the collapse of the Soviet Union�???
What about the Arab community?

DEMONSTRATIONS WERE REPORTED IN SEVERAL CITIES AROUND THE MIDDLE EAST TO PROTEST THE U-S AND BRITISH ATTACKS AGAINST IRAQ. RICHARD ENGEL IN CAIRO REPORTS THE DEMONSTRATORS SAY THEY VIEW THE ATTACKS AS AN ASSAULT AGAINST ARABS AND MUSLIMS, AND NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN.

THE PROTESTERS CHANTED ISLAMIC SLOGANS AND DENOUNCED THE UNITED STATES AFTER EGYPT’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PREACHER, THE SHEIKH OF AL AZHAR, CALLED ON ALL MUSLIMS TO SUPPORT IRAQ.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SAID THE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION AND IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

IN KUWAIT AND OTHER U-S ALLIES LIKE EGYPT AND JORDAN, GOVERNMENTS ARE COMING UNDER PRESSURE TO ADOPT A MORE ANTI-AMERICAN POSITION.

Did John Kerry call for a more “sensitive war”?
And India?

SONIA GANDHI, THE LEADER OF INDIA’S OPPOSITION CONGRESS PARTY, HAS DEPLORED THE U-S AIR STRIKES ON IRAQ ONE DAY AFTER INDIA’S PRIME MINISTER CALLED FOR A HALT TO THE ATTACKS.
WE DEPLORE THE BOMBING OF BAGHDAD BY THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.

So it seems the world reaction in 1998 was virtually identical to the way the world views our actions today. So why is it that we keep hearing the mantra that Bush is a �unilateral cowboy� that�s abandoning our allies like no other President before? Why are we hearing the constant drumbeat in the media that the U.S. is hated more than any other time in history? It must be the love affair the media has with Democrats.
Given all of the quotes above and all of the anti-American sentiments felt worldwide in 1998 when we attacked Iraq, here was the sentiment of the U.S. media:

MOST U-S PAPERS ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE ATTACKS, CITING THE THREATS POSED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN’S ACCESS TO CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS THATCOULD KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

So telling, isn�t it?
We hear the words of John Kerry repeated over and over in newspapers and television, �So what is at test here is the credibility of the United States of America and how we lead the world� You have to earn that respect. And I think we have a lot of earning back to do�
But that respect didn�t exist when Bush came to office, why do they now tell us he�s the one that lost the world�s respect?
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