Co anglicy sadza o Amerykanach: z Telegraph
Britons see US as vulgar empire builder
By Ben Fenton
Britons have never had such a low opinion of the leadership of the United
States, a YouGov poll shows.
As Americans prepare to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence
tomorrow, the poll found that only 12 per cent of Britons trust them to act
wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the
Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.
Most Britons see America as a cruel, vulgar, arrogant society, riven by class
and racism, crime-ridden, obsessed with money and led by an incompetent
American troops are failing either to win "hearts and minds" in Iraq or bring
democracy to that country.
More than two-thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an
imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a
view said President George W Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a
cover for the pursuit of American self-interests.
A spokesman for the American embassy said that the poll's findings were
contradicted by its own surveys.
"We question the judgment of anyone who asserts the world would be a better
place with Saddam still terrorizing his own nation and threatening people
well beyond Iraq's borders.
"With respect to the poll's assertions about American society, we bear some
of the blame for not successfully communicating America's extraordinary
"But frankly, so do you [the British press]."