A Very Dangerous Nation
Sunday February 11th 2007, 11:07 am

If you took a poll, as I am sure there will be many in the coming days, most people would agree with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The United States is the most dangerous country in the world, and most Americans don’t even realize it. They think they are the good guys, protecting the world, but they are usually only advancing their own material well-being, under the guise of something else. They don’t realize that their aggressive foreign policy is forcing other countries to obtain nuclear weapons to defend themselves, as Putin says. Will Putin’s statement make much of a difference, probably not, as Putin will be labeled the bad guy, with his own agenda. Countries who are listening to him and believe him, have believed it for years anyway.

The American foreign policy has always been aggressive, but seldom like it is under George W. Bush. Their being in Iraq is so transparent, everyone knows why they are really there, and it isn’t to fight terrorism. Unfortunately for the Republicans, they won’t win the 2008 election, because they have been tainted by the war in Iraq. Listening to Barack Obama, who has launched his campaign for President of the United States, sounds like a breath of fresh air. He promises to end the war in Iraq and change their country. He says he wants to stop the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups, who think they own the government, and he wants to take it back. He also wants to end poverty, cap greenhouse gas emissions to halt global warming, and have universal health care. If the government had used the $300 billion it spent so far in Iraq, some of these things could have been done already.

Barack Obama sounds too good to be true. Even if he can do some of these things, it would make a difference. Those special interest groups and lobbyists from big business are very powerful, with many politicans in their pockets. He hasn’t been in Washington long enough to have been tainted by it. The problem is that power corrupts. If he wins the 2008 election, I hope he can stay as good as he appears to be now. I think the United States needs someone like him, and the rest of the world needs him just as much.

Anne