Registered: Jan 2012
09-03-12 09:58 AM
Quote from Humpy:
The US elections are coming soon. There is plenty of talk within America about the pluses and minuses of the 2 candidates - rightly so.
But not many inside the US system consider or care what the rest of the world thinks. The US has a huge effect on the rest of the world so it is not unreasonable for non US people to have an opinion.
Which candidate will do what, as regards the Middle East problems for instance. Romney has already publicly given the nod to an Israeli air strike on Iran's nuclear plants. Does the US have to have so many military bases around the world that it can't afford ? etc. etc.
Maybe there should be a class B vote, totally by foreigners as to who should be President and with what policies.
If there are any non US citizens reading this far - let's hear your views
Until about 10 years ago, the US have been seen as a sort of world policeman. They were expected to fix the world. Indeed they did on several occasions, for instance in the Kosovo conflict, where Europe had failed miserably. The US gained a lot of worldwide reputation for their engagement at that time.
All this has changed dramatically during the Bush administration. Today in many countries the US are not taken seriously anymore. Many would prefer if they went back to isolationism and cared about themselves - at least they can then not do any more damage. Obama had a good start and good intentions, but has so far not achieved much. His attempt to fix the dysfunctional US health system has not received any worldwide attention. Romney on the other hand is nondescript, except for making a fool of himself on his tour through Europe. So, there's not much anticipation about the elections.
We certainly don't want to vote. Unless we could select the candidates .