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Old 04-02-2008, 02:38 AM   #1
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World views US 'more positively'

Attitudes to the United States are improving, an opinion poll carried out for the BBC World Service suggests.

The average percentage of people saying that the US has a positive influence has risen to 35% from 31% a year ago, according to the survey. Those saying the US has a negative influence fell five percentage points to 47%.

The poll, part of a regular survey of world opinion, interviewed more than 17,000 people in 34 countries. The survey period was the three months up to the end of January 2008.

However, the poll finds that views of US influence in the world are still mainly negative, though they improved in 11 out of the 23 countries also polled a year ago. Perceptions of the US worsened in three - Canada, Lebanon and Egypt.

The World Service poll has been canvassing opinions about the influence of countries since 2005.

Of the 17 countries surveyed every year since 2005, positive views of the US have recovered for the first time this year to 32% after showing a steady decline over the previous three years.

Reacting to the poll results, senior US state department official Kurt Volker acknowledged perceptions had been negative in recent years, but said 2003 and 2004 had been an "anomaly" because of the Iraq war.

"I would say public opinion is a lagging indicator of what we are doing, working together with European governments and other elites," he said in a BBC interview.

"Everyone wants to be loved," he said.

But he added: "We are a superpower. We have tremendous responsibility, a large economy, large diplomatic reach and military reach, so naturally the world looks at the US with much greater attention than any other country in the world."

Rest of the story is at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7324337.stm
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:44 AM   #2
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Guess what, my fellow Americans.

The French loves you. Good job, you guys. According to the poll, there are only 22% of the French people have negative views about the US compared to 50% who have positive views. Which means we were way off by thinking 110% of the French people hates the Americans. Ha ha ha.

Man, offseason is really long.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:35 AM   #3
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As military, we have it drilled in to our heads that we're some of the most visible representatives of US abroad. Most of us do a pretty good job of conducting ourselves in a decent and honroable way when we're overseas. But then again you have that 1% that acts like they have no common sense or decency and it makes us all look very bad.
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As military, we have it drilled in to our heads that we're some of the most visible representatives of US abroad. Most of us do a pretty good job of conducting ourselves in a decent and honroable way when we're overseas. But then again you have that 1% that acts like they have no common sense or decency and it makes us all look very bad.
When I served, it was the officers who often times gave a poor representation of the US, while the enlisted just wanted a few frosty beverages, and good entertainment. I remember once a bootcamp ensign ran off the ship about 2am in her skeevies - and she received minimal discipline (if any).
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:12 AM   #5
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When I served, it was the officers who often times gave a poor representation of the US, while the enlisted just wanted a few frosty beverages, and good entertainment. I remember once a bootcamp ensign ran off the ship about 2am in her skeevies - and she received minimal discipline (if any).
There is a difference between officer discipline and enlisted discipline. An enlisted member can receive paperwork and will have a minimal effect on his/her career. When an officer receives paperwork, it's all but a death knell for future promotion.

In any event, there are problems at all levels right now. The worst problem being that we don't have NCOs who are willing to seperate themselves from "the guys" and set a proper example of dress and behavior.
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Funny this topic just came up; over here in Yokosuka, Japan we just had some punk 22 year old sailor stab and kill an elderly cab driver over what he thought was an unreasonable fare. It's the 1% that just completely shatters the image that the service men and women strive to uphold. It just takes one act like this on foreign soil to change a country's view of us. It's just sad....
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Funny this topic just came up; over here in Yokosuka, Japan we just had some punk 22 year old sailor stab and kill an elderly cab driver over what he thought was an unreasonable fare. It's the 1% that just completely shatters the image that the service men and women strive to uphold. It just takes one act like this on foreign soil to change a country's view of us. It's just sad....
Crimes that like defy all logic. That young man needs to spend about 30 years making little rocks out of big rocks at Club Leavenworth.

In addition, the trial should be made very public so that the Japanesse can see how serious the UN Military is about punishing people who commit crimes while serving.
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Funny this topic just came up; over here in Yokosuka, Japan we just had some punk 22 year old sailor stab and kill an elderly cab driver over what he thought was an unreasonable fare. It's the 1% that just completely shatters the image that the service men and women strive to uphold. It just takes one act like this on foreign soil to change a country's view of us. It's just sad....
When my ship was in port, we had an enlisted an jump off the aft of the ship into the water, swim to the dock opposite us, and back. And what's in the water? Nice, lovely, ready to touch jelly fish!! Thankfully, I wasn't on the ship because they put every ship on lockdown.

Not as idiotic as the man you spoke of but idiotic none the less.
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This post is worthless without pictures.
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Sorry, can't help you there. Didn't have a camera and considering it was the early morning, had I of had one it probably would have been in my locker.

But I can tell you this, she was out on the town with some other officers and a few enlisted. Came back to the ship, went to her cabin, then returned to the quarter-deck in her whites, and made it to the dock and almost to the end of the ship before being escorted back to her cabin.

But Godfather instead of describing what she looked like or if she was a hottie, I'll just let you imagine any one female you wish to imagine doing the same thing.
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