Depict the United States as the singular demon on the world stage for refusing to sign on to the Kyoto Protocol even though its essential premises are highly suspect and it could wreck our economy and severely compromise our sovereignty?
Suggest, directly or directly, that the United States is responsible for "widespread" feelings of ill will around the globe against it?
With respect to this last point I refer you to a recent episode of "Hannity and Colmes" involving anti-American protests in Argentina accompanying the president's recent visit there for the Summit of the Americas. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez egged on the protestors by denouncing President Bush as "Mr. Danger," and the United States as "the evil empire."
Guest Susan Estrich, anticipating that guest Ann Coulter might partially blame American liberals for the protest, said, "I don't know a single soul who's protesting down there. I don't think … that we (liberals) are responsible for them. You can't blame us for what's going on down there."
Then, amazingly, Estrich turned right around and said, "I do think that one of the issues they're protesting about is the War in Iraq, and I do think the president is vulnerable, obviously, because Karl Rove is still under investigation. He's refusing to comment about that. He's refusing to say anything about the fact that Scooter Libby is pleading in court now … And, you know the more we hear the more it becomes clear that we were lied to about the basis for this war, and at some point there's going to have to be some reckoning here, and I think we would be in a stronger position if the president would be more forthcoming on that."
In other words, Susan, perhaps the violent protests in Argentina against us are our "reckoning" for President Bush's "lies" to get us into war and refusal to be forthcoming?
If this weren't such a familiar routine it would be jaw-dropping. Liberals have become so used to defaming President Bush, it apparently doesn't occur to them that they are doing much more to harm America's image than President Bush.
How can we possibly expect other nations -- even our allies (who one would reasonably assume not to be as loyal as our own opposition party) -- to hold us in high esteem while that opposition party daily proclaims that our president is an uncompassionate, dishonest, Machiavellian, imperialist, racist, oil-thieving, unilateralist, sadistic, torturing cowboy hell-bent on alienating peaceful Muslims the world over?