Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Are Bush Critics Anti-American?

Blogging from Portlaoise, Ireland:

“Rupert Murdoch has said Tony Blair told him BBC’s World’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina was “just was full of hate for America and gloating about our troubles.”

Eddie Holt, The Irish Times
Saturday, September 24, 2005

“We’re Sick of You’re America-bashing”

Denis Kelleher
Member, Irish-American Economic Advisory Council
Quoted in Irish Independent
Sunday, September 25, 2001

I don’t know if Tony Blair really told Murdoch that the BBC was spreading hatred of America. The programs that I’ve heard on BBC World have had some criticism of George W. Bush but certainly no explicit of anti-Americanism.

Murdoch, an Australian who took out US citizenship to expand his media empire, may have an agenda in putting out this kind of information. Owner of Fox Cable News and other right-wing propaganda operations, he was a prime instigator of the Iraq war. As you know, Fox is home to some of America's leading hate-mongers, including Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Bill O' Reilly and Sean Hannity.

I don't know if Murdoch is a megalomaniac buy he certainly seems obsessed with imposing his neo-con agenda on the rest of us.

Which brings me to Murdochs insinuation of anti-Americanism in Europe. Clearly, millions over here opposed Bush’s elective war in Iraq…and many to them took to the streets. While some of these individuals may feel vindicated by subsequent events I know no one who takes pleasure with what's now happening in that God-forsaken country.

Here in Europe there has been some criticism of the Bush Administration for the response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This criticism should not be construed as an expression of anti-Americanism. I've heard nothing but great sympathy for the people who suffered in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast.

Come to think of it…Europeans are not the only critics of the war in Iraq or the handling of the Katrina disaster. Many Americans share these criticisms…and most of them would consider themselves PATRIOTIC citizens.

We can be critics of the Bush Administration and still be loyal Americans.

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