Why Do So Many Americans Hate America?

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No matter where
one turns these days, it seems impossible to avoid negative news
stories about President Bush and his mission to bring peace and
freedom to the people of Iraq. All too often the liberal media,
which has wanted our troops to fail from the start, has reported
only the bad things happening while completely avoiding all of the
positives. For instance, while 30 people may have burned to death
in a Baghdad market as the result of an ongoing wave of sectarian
violence, what about all the people that did not erupt in flames
or watch a cherished loved one agonizingly die before their eyes
— shouldn't the media cover them as well? Furthermore, in their
ongoing war against America and its values, liberals and others
of dubious patriotism have even gone so far as to question our leader's
policies and conduct in a time of war — a clear act of treason.
The president's critics must realize that he is only doing what
is best for America, and questions are best saved for the end of
the conflict, which, as Vice-President Cheney has told us, should
be in just a few short generations.

To further
their anti-American agenda, many critics of the Bush administration
have made extremely outlandish claims, such as claiming that the
president lied the nation into launching a war on a country that
posed no discernible threat. These critics point to statements made
by people like former Bush Treasury secretary Paul O'Neill, who
stated that the administration discussed plans for invading Iraq
from the very first cabinet meeting in 2001, and said that “it was
all about finding a way to [invade]. That was the tone of it. The
president saying u2018Go find me a way to do this.'" Others point
to the Downing Street memos, wherein a British intelligence officer
who met with the Bush administration back in July 2002 reported
to his superiors that Bush was set on going to war but that "the
intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
Of course, these partisan critics of the president inevitably act
like misleading the public into war is a bad thing – but is it?
In reality, Bush is only ensuring that Americans have plenty of
future adversaries and conflicts, meaning plenty of business for
our nation's patriotic defense contractors.

Ever since
World War II, the United States' economy has been dependent on what
former president Dwight D. Eisenhower called "the military-industrial
complex." As the Department of Defense website states, "[w]e
are America's oldest, largest, busiest and most successful company,"
employing millions of people while operating over 6,000 bases in
the Untied States and 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries.
For 2007, the defense budget is roughly $463 billion, not including
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which account for an additional
$120 billion. Overall, the United States' defense budget accounts
for just under half of world military spending. By courageously
launching wars and provoking and planning future ones, Bush has
allowed our economy to thrive. Since launching the war on Iraq in
2003, companies like Lockheed-Martin have seen profits rise by over
73%, and Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar declared "2005 was the
best in our 86-year history" after seeing his company's profits
soar to $2.4 billion. Without endless war, the American economy
would collapse, forcing defense contractors and their families to
live on the streets begging for scraps of food. By ignoring international
law and bravely declaring the right to preemptively invade any country
in the world, Bush has shown his bold foresight and commitment to
creating well-paying American jobs, while proving to swarthy foreigners
that America means business.

Some critics
might say that by heralding militarism and international belligerence
Bush is neglecting other important fields, such as science and medicine;
however, nothing could be further from the truth. By allocating
$22 billion for the Energy Department to develop a new class of
tactical, bunker-busting nuclear weapons, Bush is providing jobs
for some of America's brightest scientists. Not only that, but by
launching a war that has killed tens of thousands of people, the
president has ensured that hospitals, funeral homes, and coffin
makers all receive ample business for the foreseeable future, all
while allowing doctors to innovate in finding new and improved ways
to remove shrapnel embedded in one's skull. With all that said,
too many Americans seem to have unfortunately bought into the lies
of the mainstream media and liberal academia. According to a recent
poll by the Pew Research Center, Bush's approval rating sits at
a dismal 33%, with the three most frequent words used to describe
him including "incompetent" and "liar." Like
Jesus Christ before him, President Bush is being unjustly crucified
by his detractors. With 2/3 of the public apparently not appreciative
of all the work Bush has done perpetuating the success of our war
economy, one is left with no other option but to ask: why do so
many Americans hate America?

17, 2006

Davis [send him mail]
is currently a student at the University of San Diego, where he
is preparing for a future career in journalism. More of his articles
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