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(NT) I will waive my right to comment, but it's a comment.
one reply might be
dear Mr Bush, congrats on the second term, no request....just do your job.....
Re: Getting the world to like U.S./addendum
By "new" president of the US, I was not referring to any candidate by name as it could well refer to GWB if granted a "new" term. Might I offer an example of a reply;
Hi, Osama here. I have been trying to get atomic bombs to send to you but you have been disrupting my suppliers. So, I am asking that if you go nuke yourself, that would make me very happy. Sincerely, OBL
ROTF, if he gives us a little time ..
we'll eat ourselves to death.
I'll pass on the chicken though for right now.
Re: Getting the world to like U.S.
Dear New US President,
Please don't judge my country by things you were told in your briefing by the outgoing President.
He was always saying in his press conferences that we invaded weaker neighbors at the drop of a hat. I am here to tell you that we spent several days before deciding which ones to over run first, And our motives were good- they had land and stuff we needed. Well, not really needed, but wanted.
Now, don't believe it when he tells you that we would not send any troops when asked to aid other countries. (Of course, my troops are busy elsewhere.) The truth is that my wife personally prepared several delicious casseroles to contribute, and will be happy to do so in the future.
We are not an evil empire. We are not even an empire, and won't be until we can invade enough weaker neighbors.
So, please, Mr. President- don't be influenced by the bias of your predecessor!
I will be available to discuss important matters with you at any time. if I am away invading somewhere, or sunning myself on some beach, you can leave a message with my next in command (my son), or the next (my brother), or the next (my brother-in-law).
Oh yes! We did not spend the last millions you sent us on frivolities. (We needed a new palace!)
(signed) (Fill in your own name)
click here to email firstname.lastname@example.org
" We are not interested in hearing about evils of the past but want to move forward." - S.G Haninger.
A good start would be not to repeat the evils of the past...
Re: Don't repeat...
You would be welcome, if you like, to take on the identity of the prez and pen the entire outbound message yourself.
(NT) "We are not interested in hearing..." - Ridiculous!
Re: (NT) "We are not interested in hearing..." - Ridiculous!
"We are not interested in hearing..." - Ridiculous!
Might I ask who is the "WE" of which you speak? Who are you representing here besides yourself?
I'm quoting your open letter.
As in: "We are not interested in hearing about evils of the past but want to move forward."
After I posted, I wondered if you'd take it the wrong way. I should have elaborated a bit. I sure didn't mean to say your idea was ridiculous. To the contrary, I think it's great. What I meant to imply is that we (and for the most part Rep administrations, lately) are forever assuming the big Kings X, you know? A clean slate and no blame no regrets no oops's and most especially, no I'm sorrys. We've done some gosh-awful foreign policy things. We've backed some horrible monsters. We've shunned and insulted our friends. We lay down dire consequences for any who balk at our 'do as we say, not as we do' proclamations. Don't want to have to say you're sorry? Don't do the crime! Play it straight. People don't just forget just because we eat a cracker and take a sip of wine. Whether or not we want to hear it, they're talking about us out there. But then of course, "We are not interested in hearing..." We come off looking like we're only interested in slapping people into line and can't be bothered beyond that.
I think we stand a better chance with a little more listening. It costs nothing and we might gain some useful perspective. When we're wrong, we're wrong and we almost always end up paying for it. Most of the time there's a story to be told on our side of things but we can't tell it if we disallow the conversation to begin. I'm just saying: Buck-up people. Listening doesn't mean you've rolled over and stuck your paws in the air. And it doesn't stop you from taking any actions in the future. It just means that we're a little less likely to keep making the same mistakes over and over again. And the folks who should naturally be on our side won't be so insulted by arrogance that they have to speak kind of quietly and with so many qualifiers.
So anyhow, that's what I find ridiculous and that's my recommendation, Mr. President. Don't add insult to injury by including that line in your letter.
Re:/My oops too!
Charge this to my growing senility as, because you did not italicize the line as my quote, I did not recall it as such. My letter from the prez was meant as a possible example and not something I would necessary suggest if being the ghost writer of it. It was deliberately included, however, to attempt to state that there might really be no value in flogging the US for what may have happened....that we would like to get past that and that we would be looking for constructive responses and not just criticism. This was just an exercise that I put myself through after reading many posts here and elsewhere citing the US as creating it's own enemies. I could agree there is value in this thinking but I cannot agree that we can vote this problem away. I would say that attempting such is a copout. The prez (past/present) was not the cause and will not be the cure.
<i>"cannot... vote this problem away."</i> I muchly disagree
When the Ugly American / Hate America discussion comes up on TV, I keep hearing: "We LIKE the American people. It's your administration and it's foreign policies that we can't stand." I think one of the prime factors in the hatred of America is exactly and precisely that Republican administrations are forever saying: "We are not interested in hearing about evils of the past but want to move forward." . People don't work that way. It's impossible. It's not going to happen. Put the shovel down.
We strengthen our enemies and disarm our allies by refusing to listen and own-up to our past sins. We are going to move forward. . Don't worry about that.