On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate how the USA stands in the eyes of the world today?
I would give us about a 2 or 3. Many countries outright hate us, and others think we are a joke and can't wait for us to fail.
The meeting of the Non-Aligned Member nations in Iran was a slap in the face to America and their push to isolate Iran. A vast majority of the world's nations are thumbing their noses at America. Here in the Philippines, it's still a love fest
You got me stuck, Perspycacious. I lived overseas for a short time and it was interesting to see the reaction of folk to my being American. In fact, I was always proud of it but learned to hush about it! I lived in Japan, a friend of the U.S., but the attitude was "We like the people but don't always like its policy." (And "GW" was in office then--oh boy!) I'm sure many nations may think like this. I guess it depends on the region. Yes, some places despise us; others are somewhere in the middle; but there are some that are closer to real friends. I'm not sure I can think of any nation that just adores us. Big friends come with big enemies and envious associates. I'm glad for my overseas experience because if you want a true assessment of the fishbowl, you must get out of it. Everyone doesn't have the chance, but there are ways (easier now with the Internet) to get the experience. It's not possible to have a "real look" when all you digest is American media. Further, Americans must not be afraid to say "I love my country" but provoke it to change where things are just wrong, whether its on a social or domestic issue or about foreign policy. This seemed to be dueling notion in the last election campaign. Gosh! My rating considering everything in the world now? Maybe a five or six. Thoughtful question.
I'm going to have to go with somewhere between 1 and 3; traipsing around the world starting wars with flimsy justifications, chasing and imprisoning political dissenters, not taking care of people at home; not looking good in anybody's eyes who is at all aware.
America seems to be doing exactly the same thing as Hitler in 1930s Germany. False Flag operation burning Reichstag (=9/11), trashing their Constitution (=unPatriot, NDAA, etc), attacking Czech and Poland (=Iraq and Afghanistan).
Yes, exactly: It's looking exactly like empire, and empires tend to have a certain fate. It can't be kept up, regardless of what America's reputation is; there are consequences, and pride won't hide it.
If you think someone stole your wallet and you beat them up to get it back, that's really embarrassing when you find out you merely dropped your wallet a short distance away. So, when you find out you made a mistake, what do you do? Apologize? Stop beating them? Help them out? Get out of their space because you've abused the privilege of being that close? Pay their medical bills? Make restitution?
When we attacked Iraq because of the lie of WMDs and Al Qaeda camps, we beat them really hard. Policies for the troops were to fight back even against women and children. But when we found out there were no WMDs or Al Qaeda camps, did we apologize? Did we pull out and say, "Oops! We were mistaken?"
No, we continued to beat them up! We stayed there longer and longer and longer. We gave our troops instructions which acted to stir up the hatred of the people even more.
All the while, George W. laughs about WMDs not existing. His rich friends think that's funny. But with our soldiers dying and women and children being killed by the thousands, I don't think it's very funny.
If I were the rest of the world, I'd give the USA a zero. Well, you said 1-10. Okay, make it a grudging "1."
Iraq and Afghanistan were wars of corporate greed. So is the never-ending "War on Terror."
And the "War on Terror" is also based on false premises, because 9/11 was an inside job. All those iron microspheres prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
1-3 .. The world hates us and thinks we are ignorant. Really it is our government that is causing the hatred, and the people aren't smart enough to figure it out. Americans believe everything our government does is justified.
Hi folks, I'm not American but Scots and looking at it on world-wide basis I think the ordinary people of any country on the planet are basically the same, they also get on very well indeed with each other - you only have to look at the friendships that have sprung up between peoples of numerous nations since the internet came along. The problem lies with our so-called leaders and our British leaders are no better than anyone else (and hated for it as well). But when all us ordinary Joes and Janes get together, no matter where we come from, we get on great. All I can say is that the ordinary American people who visit Britain, and in my own case Scotland, are liked very well. I think it's a case of not viewing the people in the same light as the greedy and thuggish leaders that we all have. I look at them and I look at ordinary people and I honestly think our leaders are different species!
I'd say the world gives us a 9+ whether they like us or not. They want to come here for education and health care. Many want to live here. They don't want to get on the wrong side of us. And even when we make mistakes, we provide more aid in times of disaster than any other country on the planet. We may be involved in other parts of the world, but will there be a U.S. state in Iraq or Afghanistan? Are there any in France or Germany or Japan?
"If we can put a man on the moon, then . . . " Can any other country say that?
So. Miss Cochran... How many red cross medical specialists did USA sent to Iran after the latest earthquakes?
Please. Don't take me for US hater. But this is the sad fact:
You could. You did not.
m0rd0r, considering that Iran would not let in U.N monitors , do you really think they would trust us to help their people. they are worse than syria when it comes to killing their own people so your statement shows that you are very biased
Did Iran ask for help? Would they let us in if we offered?
We have a lot of colleges, but no Swede or Frenchman comes here for our public education or our healthcare. The US is a place to make money or a good place to live if you have money. Our "aid" is bribery for dictators or is for them to buy weapons.
I think on a world wide basis the answer is 7 out of 10. Although the US tries so hard to help out others when the need arises. Other countries see things differently, they observe the actions and view it as interference. This could be a war or investment in another country. Non of us can please all the people all the time.
I for one am pleased that the US is prepared to help us all and be the policeman on behalf of the west.
In the eyes of the world today, I would rate the USA an 8. I believe President Obama did a significant job in realigning America's image in the world and I think people are coming back to the good feelings they had toward the US.
I couldn't say, but on a scale of one to ten the American people care around 2 what the rest of the world thinks.
who cares what the world thinks.. If all you people who care what the world thinks would concentrate on what Americans think , we would not have the problems we have. . All of the "blame America" haters should go and live in Syria and see how they treat their people. they would already be in prison or killed just for expressing their opinion. Our wars are fought to try to bring FREEDOM and prosperity to other countrys although they do not always turn out that way .
We should get the Phony United Nations out of our country( ha, such a bunch of phony term for them.) what other country would let an American hating institution such as this exist in their country, much less give them OUR taxpayer dollars to condem us.
When America is strong, all the world respects us for our military might and the world is a better and safer place. Now the world is in turmoil because no one respects us , Iran laughs at us, Syria and Hamas aren't even scared of us. ? Obama has put us in the world view as apologists , scared to make a move against Syria, against Iran , when their people are asking for help while the children are being killed by despots. this is why the world is where it is . this is why we are a nation sharply didvide. Remember we were warned that we are in danger from within.
I have visited the USA several times as a tourist and the American people are great, extremely friendly and helpful.In fact I can say this for every country I have visited.
What lets the US down is the people who run the country that lets it down in the eyes of the world, Seeker 7 is correct, Britain is exactly the same.They both use their power and military strength to control the rest of the world.
Communism and terrorism have never been any threat or an enemy.They have been used to manipulate the worlds valuable mineral resources.
In 1953 both the US and UK (CIA and MI6) colluded to overthrow the Iranian government and install the Shah to power and regain control of the oil which was nationalised by the previous government.The Shah ran a brutal regime for 26 yrs with the support of the US and UK .
History is repeating itself, Iran won't play ball with the oil. The plan? Destabilise the middle east , make us believe Iran are a threat and remove the current regime with someone who will play ball.
More and more us people can see what is going on in the world.As Nations we don't rate very highly in the eyes of the world, and it won't improve as we have never really done anything other than manipulate the rest of the World. Britain and the US have been responsible for meddling in every continent since WWll.
The list is endless, but it has mostly been for their own gain.
I would urge folks to read the book "Worse Than War" about the United Nations and the world's governments sitting idly by while massacres and genocides take place. Suggest a solution, please. The book's author does, so we will see what happens.
wrong... the U.S. gets the majority of its oil from Saudi Arabia .
So we control the res world , why do we owe china all this money? Why we letting the people in Syria, get killed by their own govt. your argument is hogwash. pure Anti-americanism!
Beat me, Perspycacious! I would suggest "All The Shah's Men" as it relates to your comment on the Shah's regime and how oil became the liquid gold of the world. Really eye-opening.
What about the countless tyrants and dictators that the US has supported and the murder of civilians? I'm afraid some people are fully indoctrinated. The tragedy is that it will cause more death, including children.You are the ones that could stop it
Yes, cleaner3, The US have control of the Saud family. US and UK are saudis largest investors?? look at 9/11,many suspects were Saudi nationals but Iraq and Afghanistan were blamed for harbouring Al Quaeda (war on terror??). A plan B may be needed
I would guess around a 5 and it has been like that all my life.
Maybe a bit higher today than in the 80s when the US talked bad about the lovely USSR.
About 30 percent of Europeans love America and about 30 percent hate the US and americans (I grew up in Norway). In Brazil the hate group seem to be larger, particularly if you include Israel into the discussion.
The US get a 10 on the respect scale.
Probably a 5. On one hand, they love the fact that we democratically vote on our head of state by national referendum and that we theoretically have a great deal of clever and innovative people. We have a great deal of opportunity to make money. On the downside, they know we are all hopelessly ignorant and are victims of our own propaganda. Our art is not great. They do not envy our healthcare situation or the fact that we are such a racist country. They are afraid of our government's military, but at the same time they are thrilled by it. Most people in the world are aware that there simply are no "good" governments. There are no nation-states that are "good guys". The people of each nation are what matter and these people are often pushed to the background by tv celebrities and politicians.
America was discovered in 15th century, but Americans discovered the world after World War II. Then Americans continued there conquest which they completed by conquering the American continents through WWII. Since then they are trying to conquer the World, which is their ultimate goal. With this thoughtful policy they are applying various types of strategies to achieve the goal. America wants only followers and not friends. Their most favored follower is UK.
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