It seems to me, Sokrates, that you let your personal feelings about the U.S. influence your understanding of issues.
My personal feelings? Since we're getting personal i believe that U.S is perhaps the greatest country in living history, not the smartest, not the noblest, it has its share of ups and downs but still i believe it to be in many ways a window to what a better mankind could be.
indeed has been and remains a major influence around the globe. I don’t think there is any serious disputing of this.
Where did i dispute it? I've simply stated that if you want to retain influence in Europe you will have to turn to Poland since its the fourth most important country in Europe in regards to geopolitics, without the voice of U.K AND Poland Germany and France will effectively keep you out of the picture in the region.
Yeah, for all our efforts, not a lot of appreciation gets expressed.
Randal lets not be childish, U.S extends aid not because its lovely shiney and humane but because it has significant interests in the country getting strong.
Possibly the only country which you support financially without any rational basis is Israel, all other countries were investmenets that paid back.