Hopeful? Skeptical?

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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=7368896

    By Timothy Heritage
    PARIS (Reuters) - The rest of the world will be watching with anxiety when President Bush is inaugurated Thursday for a second time, fearing the most powerful man on the planet may do more harm than good.
    Many world leaders, alienated by Bush's go-it-alone foreign policy and the U.S.-led war in Iraq, would have preferred him to lose the U.S. election last November. Since his victory, they have been urging him to listen and consult more.
    Mistrust also runs deep among ordinary people. Some 58 percent of people surveyed in a British Broadcasting Corporation poll in 21 countries said they believed Bush's re-election made the world a more dangerous place.
    "Negative feelings about Bush are high," Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes which carried out the study, told the BBC. "This is quite a grim picture for the United States."
    People in three countries surveyed -- Poland, India and the Philippines -- said the world was now safer, while Israel, which was not part of the survey, also remains a big supporter of the 58-year-old president who took office four years ago.
    From Asia to Europe, leaders are looking for signs that Bush will take a more "multilateral" approach on the challenges that lie ahead in Iraq, the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, and on issues such as trade, the U.S. dollar and the environment.
    "I think 2005 should mark a new start in our relations ... based on listening to each other, having a more regular dialogue and mutual respect," French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said last week, reflecting the view of the European Union.
    There are some encouraging signs. Bush and the European leaders who fell out with him over the Iraq war have signaled they are ready to bury their differences.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Very hopeful. Feeling good.

    I read something tonight that made alot of sense to me about misplaced priorities:

    Ben Stein, on why he is giving up his biweekly column "Monday Night at Morton's" about celebrities and movie stars: "I no longer think Hollywood stars are terribly important. . . . The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV, but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists. We put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and die."

    Stein, continuing: "I am no longer comfortable being a part of the system that has such poor values and I don't want to perpetuate those values by pretending that who is eating at Morton's is a big subject. There are plenty of other stars in the American firmament - the policemen and -women who go off on patrol in South Central and have no idea if they will return alive; the orderlies and paramedics who bring in people who have been in terrible accidents and prepare them for surgery; the teachers and nurses who throw their whole spirits into caring for autistic children; and the kind men and women who work in hospices and in cancer wards."


    steph
  5. by   Tweety
    I'm hopeful and skeptical too. I hope he gets us out of Iraq. I hope the economy stays stronger. He's the President, he has the power to lead and improve things. Time for him to deliver. He can do it. His agenda, as I'm sure most of you know doesn't match mine, but that's o.k. He's the president and hope is what I have.
  6. by   Roy Fokker
    You're asking me if I'm hopeful or skeptical about a "government" ?

    Liberal, conservative or otherwise - you just can't trust people in power.

    Mark me down as skeptical.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Both. How's that for muddying the waters. I am glad some are feeling exhilarated and good, I wish I could share that unfettered sentiment. I just can't. Not given current events and our administration. But I am hopeful for the future.....give up hope and what is left?
  8. by   URO-RN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Both. How's that for muddying the waters. I am glad some are feeling exhilarated and good, I wish I could share that unfettered sentiment. I just can't. Not given current events and our administration. But I am hopeful for the future.....give up hope and what is left?
    Death.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Both. How's that for muddying the waters. I am glad some are feeling exhilarated and good, I wish I could share that unfettered sentiment. I just can't. Not given current events and our administration. But I am hopeful for the future.....give up hope and what is left?
    Exactly. Hopeful is always better than giving up. Thanks Deb.

    steph
  10. by   jnette
    Once again, Deb beat me to it. Gotta go with what she said.

    Watched the inaugural, listened to the speech.. all sounding well and good.. idealistically. Yes, I do believe in most of what he has to say about liberty for all, etc... I simply cannot get beyond not trusting this man. I just wish he would practice what he preaches about the common good of ALL....

    I don't see it in his actions. Talk is cheap. He is too far removed from the "all" .

    Ah well... I see WWIII in the not too distant future. How's THAT for hope? :uhoh21:
    Too many big players movin' and shakin' out there.. China, Iran, Korea...

    ...but my hope lies not in our country's leader, for he is a mere mortal, as am I.
    No, I place my hope in a power greater than he, thank you.
  11. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    give up hope and what is left?
    As my Lt. told me when I was a young Sgt.

    "Take away their hope and all they have left are rifles. That's not enough. That's never enough".

    I respect this man. I trust what he said was right. I think it applies to all human endeavours.

    Oh and IMHO - WWIII is already on. We are fighting terrorism. it maynot be a conventional war in that sense, but this is precisely what makes it that much more deadly...

    And this is a war which we have got to win.

    We WILL win.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    And this is a war which we have got to win.

    We WILL win.
    but at what final cost? and I don't just mean in wasted lives, either. How about wasted psyches? Destroyed spirits?
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    Yes. Broken families. Orphaned children. Young widows. Shattered psyches. Crippled youths.

    Sad cost of any war.

    All for the price of liberty. Freedom from the enslavement of society.
  14. by   SharonH, RN
    My greatest concern is that our personal freedoms and civil liberties are preserved. As long as that remains intact, then I will remain pragmatic about the next four years.

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