So, Chicagoans and Americans, what do you think of world opinion now?
After pandering to world opinion, America got the shiv from the bozos voting at the International Olympic Committee. President Barack Obama, who was thought to bring in a new day of more congenial international relations after former President George W. Bush and who deployed his personal charisma into the competition, was given the back of the hand by the internationalists who run the Olympics.
I wouldn't argue that Chicago made the best presentation, but it had
its good points. No other city in the competition has the kind of
diversity that Chicago does, reflecting the global fellowship that the
Olympics is supposed to represent. It also had its bad points,
including the kind of iffy financing that the greedy IOC wouldn't favor.
Of course, some will blame Bush and the "last eight years" for the
negativity that enshrouds America in the court of global opinion. Not
that anyone should be grateful for America freeing Iraq of a tyrant
and, for example, fighting the Taliban whose persecution of women is
breath-taking. Or for leading the fight to prevent the spread of
nuclear weapons. Of for hundreds of billions of private and public aid
dollars have flowed from America to the rest of the world.
So, if anything, this vote could be interpreted as an argument for
increased isolation on the part of Americans. It will generate a lot of
"screw-yous" across America when this country is asked to come to
someone's rescue. When Africa insists that America do more to end the
AIDS epidemic there, or to end the ethnic slaughter in Darfur, the
temptation would be to respond to the plea with a "screw you, do it
That, of course wouldn't be right. America is freedom's beacon, proof
of the workability of democracy and capitalism. Whatever the vote of
the 100 clowns in Copenhagen, America will remain that, and it would be
beneath us to respond to this rejection in kind. We'll shake it off and
continue to do what we do best--continue to be a living example of
blessings of liberty. Even if the rest of the world has its head up its