By Jon Christian Ryter
September 14, 2004
If the average European could cast a vote in the November election, John F. Kerry would easily be elected President of the United States by a margin of 6%. The view of the world in the eyes of the average European differs greatly from the view of the world through the eyes of the average American. It is for that reason that Kerry's candidacy poses a problem for the American people. The personal political views of Kerry, the globalist, dovetail with the consensus of Europe that the United States is a rogue nation that is harming the world economy.
The poll, taken in 30 countries, was conducted by GlobeSpan and funded by the University of Maryland (not a bastion of conservative thought) which found that an average of 53% of the Europeans believe that foreign policy under George W. Bush has made them less secure—and feel worse about the United States. Only 19% said the Bush policies have made them feel better about America. In Germany, 74% of those polled said, if they could vote in America, they would vote for Kerry. Only 10% said they would vote for Bush. In France, only 5% said they would support Bush. England was the mirror image of the rest of Europe, with 53% supporting Bush and 47% backing Kerry.
Moises Naim, the editor of Foreign Policy magazine (a magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations) noted that the global preference for John Kerry "...could be exploited by the Bush Campaign because of the US's very strong historic strain of isolationism." But," Naim added, "this ends up not just hurting the US, but the possibility of the world community coming together to tackle problems."
The release of the GlobeSpan study coincides with the release of Transatlantic Trends 2004 report of the German Marshall Fund and Italy's Compagnia di San Paolo in which its authors say that 58% of Europeans hold that strong US leadership is undesirable. Seventy-six percent of the European people disapprove of Bush's international policies and believe Kerry has the right idea—consulting with the leaders of Europe on every issue affecting the United States, and acting in unison with views of the European leaders—many of whom oppose us on every issue.
The liberal Brookings Institute noted that "...[i]t is really quite irrelevant what other people think. In the end, it's Americans who vote for the President. It is important to understand that foreign policy is not a popularity contest. The way you deal with the world should be informed by interests and values and not by what is popular abroad." But Ivo Daadler, the foreign policy expert who wrote the report concluded that the failure of Bush to take into account global opinion could be damaging to the United States in the long run. "What we are seeing here is the natural outcome of the kind of foreign policies that the president has pursued. He deliberately and willfully ignored to take into account the perspectives and interests of other countries." I guess the Brookings Institute calls this type of doubletalk "fair and balanced." But, it fits the "I'm for it and against it at the same time" rhetoric that comes from the mouth of the junior Senator from Massachusetts whenever he speaks. I guess that means John F. Kerry is fair and balanced, too.
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Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative reports that are found on his website. E-Mail: BAFFauthor@aol.com
The release of the GlobeSpan study coincides with the release of Transatlantic Trends 2004 report of the German Marshall Fund and Italy's Compagnia di San Paolo in which its authors say that 58% of Europeans hold that strong US leadership is undesirable.