USA Today

Of course, I follow the news and events across the world. These days, I really have to wonder if the US-Americans are aware of the picture of their nation that they project to us?

Some highlights of the “leader of the free world”:

  • The USA have basically created the “Islamic State" (IS) by their wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Today, no real strategy is discernible to rectify the horrible outcomes of their deeds. As is in Iraq, there seems to be no plan for the days after the warfare is over, an intended state of affairs, politically and militarily.

  • The IS and the conditions in Syria and Irak are a major cause of the refugee problem in Europe. Republican Governors and presidential candidates in the USA refuse to accept Syrian refugees for fear of infiltration by terrorists, especially after the Paris attacks, leading to 130 deaths.

  • Every day in America, close to 300 people are shot with firearms and nearly 90 people die. Every day. No, the shooters are not refugee terrorists. The same people that want to refuse refugees also refuse tighter gun control.

  • The USA are killing people by drones, including civilians. Attempts to kill 41 men resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people, as of 24 November 2014.

  • The IS “caliphate” has, as regards religious fundamentalism and totalitarism, a role model, Saudi Arabia, a strategic partner of the USA. Saudi Arabia has beheaded more persons than IS this year. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud participated in the recent G20 summit in Belek, two days after the Paris attacks.

  • The USA have the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 25% of the world’s prison numbers despite having only 5% of its overall population. With the still practiced capital punishment (death sentence), the USA find themselves in the company of China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, and other highlights of democracy and human rights.

  • The Republican presidential front-runner is an egotistic bottom-feeder. His popularity soars not despite his disgusting rhetoric and views, but because of them. Yes, that’s a candidate for the “most powerful position of the democratic world”.

  • But the president has at least pardoned the turkeys.