This started as a reply to "Bush Says Surveillance Leak Shameful" thread, but I realised that not only was it tangential, it was also probably largely rubbish, so I've put it here for people's opinions. Bush Bashing has been by far the best past time of 2005, but I have been meditating on its impact and value, and its causes (apart from the manâs blatant buffoonery, obvious to all except those who think George Bush and Jerry Bruckheimer are the same person) and Iâve decided we should stop mocking the afflicted. You see, before we start blithely telling inhabitants of a foreign nation what they should and should not think of their 'fascist' governments, I think it may be worth considering exactly who is arguing for what in each case. To me, it often seems like itâs the spams arguing on behalf of their government, and europe arguing against. I don't believe in a great deal, but I do believe in the sanctity of the nation state and that the mandate for the government of those states comes from its population. Ultimately, the Bush Administration will continue to undertake activity that many, especially 'Old' Europe, will noisily disagree with, purely because they are giving the electoral majority of the American people exactly what they want. Who are we to tell them otherwise? I'm in no way saying I'm not dismayed by some of the happenings over the water, but if they want to set fire to their constitution, let Bill Frist treat their loved ones and teach their schoolkids that Darwin was a gay commie, so be it - it's their country and we don't have to be the lapdog following the twin coattails of their culture and politics if we don't want to be. I don't buy into the european idea that we're offering support to the sensible majority that have been hoodwinked into living under a republican executive either. The press have been pretty compliant up until now, and I'm not convinced that the NYT has suddenly grasped the torch of freedom and started to dabble in actual 'reporting' - who did Judith Miller Work for again? - they've got their own agenda, and it's not upholding the constitution. At some point we have to realise that for all the 'sensible' europhile yanks we meet at parties, for all the Simpsons episodes and smug parodies like the Daily Show that we chuckle along to, there is a huge nation of people over whom we fly when visiting Rodeo Drive or MGM Studios or the Grand Ole Opry, and most of them care more about safety than they do about nebulous ideas like freedom and democracy. Just like the Iraqis, and just like many of us after 7th July. Maybe a great deal of this scrutiny and dismay comes from the fact that the US has the might to do as it wants. When the British Empire was going strong, we didn't give a sh1t about what Sardinia thought about us either. I'm not saying that america is right to ignore us, I'm just trying to illustrate the mind set. We are shocked that the yanks could, if they really wanted to, really mess Iraq up, do syria, saudi arabia and Iran and we'd be unable to do anything but write angry blogs about it. That impotence is down to the gaggle of fuckwits that is Europe and the corrupt travesty that is the UN. The US is just doing what nations do, what we'd be doing if we were still Top Dog, it's down to our own failures that no check-and-balance exists for the US - the UN idea didn't exacty sneak up on us. The american people got what they voted for â they donât want our opinion. The fact that some US decisions impact directly onto us is down to our failure to engage the political machinery and impose OUR will on OUR government. It was inevitable that such a weakly elected government (and similar ones across the world) would never be able to take our will to the international stage, nor would it be able to drive the thieves from the EU and the UN. I think that we should consign the yank bashing to 2005 â let them sort their own house out, if they want to. We have bigger fish to fry at home. Come the next Chinese Empire (with perhaps the management of Europe being franchised out to Russia on their behalf) we may be grateful for a strong government and semi-aware UK population.