Europeans have disliked Bush from the very beginning. Since his election they've spent an enormous amount of time thinking about what they hate about him.
The accepted wisdom, useful when waiting on line to see an old Michael Moore movie, is that Bush is a moron who is way out of his depth in the White House.
"Bush's first problem is to deal with the problems that are coming at him from every side. He had never been able to take the long view of things, rather has always made his plans from one day to the next. That is not possible in a war.
He is the worst sort of amateur. Politically clever, but otherwise weak."
Of course, now events are catching up with him and the weight of the burden is beginning to show.
"To see Bush on television and hear him over the radio, he is no longer an arrogant president, rather a broken man with a flat voice who was no longer master of the situation he had brought about."
Europeans like to think that they experienced elders to Americans. They are calm and reasoned pacifists because they know first-hand the horrors of war. They believe that some day the Americans will have to come around to the European way.
"Americans who believed that they would never even know a war was going on now have to start thinking like Europeans. They will have to pay taxes like we do.
We began by noting that Bush's government had presided over a catastrophic economy. When he took office his predecessor had left a balanced budget. He immediately began to spend money. He promised that his policies would restore economic and social health. In fact, however, the Bush policies threw billions of dollars out the window."
Europeans also believe the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with the war on terror that began when Islamofascists attacked the United States on September 11.
To listen to them you'd think that it was all part of an effort, designed by neoconservatives, to distract American voters from the dire condition of their economy.
"Bush's election promises forced him to introduce new economic policies to stimulate the economy. Driven by his advisers he wasted countless billions in stimulating the economy, but could not end the crisis. Instead, the crisis in the United States intensified.
Once again driven by his Jewish advisers, the only remaining way for Bush to deal with the economic situation was to become a world warmonger. To prevent a domestic catastrophe, he created a world-wide catastrophe."
And now that the war is going badly, which even America's one-sided and superficial news media cannot conceal, the people confused and beginning to ask troubling questions.
"The natural result is that the war is not as popular as the American government would like it to be. The invasion of Iraq was greeted in the United States with remarkable indifference.
In the weeks and months thereafter, the American press tried to build enthusiasm for the war through every possible method. But the average American could not understand that he was in a war that was a matter of life and death. The press and government try daily to fight popular attitudes.
Although they do not understand what they are supposed to be fighting for, it is gradually dawning on them that they face years of sacrifice."
Eurpoeans saw this one coming. They spotted Bush as a problem early on and now they have nothing but contempt for the slow-witted American electorate.
"That is how naive the Americans are. They are like children playing with fire, who do not think they might be burned.
Their complete political immaturity is the only explanation as to why a sick man was elected president even though there was no doubt as to the dangers of his policies."
Of course, I'm not quoting Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac, or Romano Prodi.
These are excerpts from "Amerika als Zerrbild europischer Lebensordnung," published by Der Reichsorganisationsleitung der NSDAP in 1942.
Basically, all I did was substitute the word "Bush" for "Roosevelt."
Scary how some things never change.
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