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The United States is Losing its Mojo

"The United States is simply becoming more irrelevant" to Europeans, writes Ellen Creager in Detroit Free Press:

The United States is barely mentioned on TV news networks like the BBC, Sky News, Deutsche Welt, or in newspapers, but when it is, it is with condescension. I’m not sure why, but it’s a big change from a few years ago. I can feel it: The United States is losing — or has lost — its mojo in Europe. Fewer people care what we’re doing or why. Fewer people look up to us. Our reputation is as low as the value of a dollar here, and that’s pretty low.

I don't quite agree with the analysis, but I love the mojo headline.

Another good headline I am nuts about is: "It’s Not About the T Shirts," which serves to draw attention to a Newsweek article by Matt Frei, chief anchor of BBC World News America. He argues that "Europeans should beware the perils of Obamamania."

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franchie on :

S"o, yes, Europeans are interested in the American presidential race. But only in a spectator sport type of way, and the European Cup soccer finals this past week were about 8,000 times more interesting to Europeans than American politics." whatever who 'll get in the place, would'nt make any difference here the Balkan mess is the democrats influence, the great ME was a democrats illusion... planned in genious brains in Penthagone something might change if someone 'll fire out these technocrats...

Joe Noory on :

[i]planned in genious brains in Penthagone[/i] When? In 1918? I was born in and lived in the Near East, and have spent my entire life trying to understand it. To boot, I worked in a branch of what you generically like to call "ze Penthagone." So I might know something more than your flippant comment suggests, and you're wrong. The Middle East's mess is the creation of the people who live there and rule most of the societies that have limited freedom of speech, poor information, a propagandistic media, and learn to be socially cruel, racist, and mysogenistic at an early age.

SC on :

Well, I just returned from a week in Poland, and I can tell you that the European Championships were more interesting than our Presidential politics - particularly of late. But . . . that's pretty low bar to set. :)

franchie on :

I was wondering when my satellite would come over :lol: OK Carter and his guru, just wake up one morning, and make that dream : - how about a nice big green belt that would surround the humanity cradle of Jerusalem, with peaceful religious muslims, - let's fire out that bloody Shah and the iranian commies... - Komeiny is such a nice guy - Those poor muslims in Bosnia and Kossovo need help, let's give them arms.... - how about to fire out that atheist Saddam... Bonne idée ! comment allons nous faire ? - Eureka, the penthagone will plan everything for us, they are paid for that - des plans, des plans, en veux-tu ? en voilà ! - how many plans do you have in your surprise pocket ? - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... - OK, MAIS combien ça coûte ? à suivre :lol:

Kevin Sampson on :

For Gods sake, if you're going to rant about it, at least learn how to spell it. It's PENTAGON.

Joe Noory on :

Do you really think someone is going to waste operating time on a $500M satellite because of your self-absorbtion, or on anyone personally? You really should find more personal theories to explain away events in the world, really. Stuff like jews, jewish political lobbies, jews, mysteriously unhuman Americans, American lobbies, Americans (who really aren't human), satellites, secret weapons, the Bermunda Triangle, Yetis, UFOs... you know. Stuff like that. Geopolitics is after all, all about your personal issues and opinions. It's perfectly natural if you think you're living alone on the earth.

Joe Noory on :

Indeed, [b]to Europeans[/b], we "have lost our Mojo", but so what? Opinions are like, erm, noses, and frankly, Europe is not the world. I too disagree with the author's "analysis". It isn't just a recent condescention - it's gone on for decades as far as I have been able to observe it personally, and it's willful degradation, of which a few tiny samples in reply "old Europe", "chocolate-makers", etal., seems to make the listeners pop a blood vessel in their needy eyes. Just take a look at the crackpot comment above this one to see just how irrational it's become. Selective this and that, invented this and that... what it actually says or means doesn't even seem to matter, and it makes Americans go from: - finding it funny, to: - just trying to find it funny. To: - being annoyed. To: - No longer taking the critic seriously. To: - No longer taking any of the critics fellow travellers seriously. To: - No longer taking any of the critics fellow citizens seriously. To: - detesting it. To: - desesting the people who say it. To: - detesting the entire society of the people who say it. - But certainly not caring about the "critics" So where's the critics' "mojo", or does it just involve selling yogurt, cars, and aircraft? What's the thing that these wise "de-mojoizers" believe in to the point of risking their well-being for? And do they try to live it? Or is it just a dream of free bus-rides, cheap rent, bad art, and getting comfortable with your learned helplessness? Much as the hatefest the "Tips from our Readers" appears to be. I'm sure the tipster insists - really insists - again anbd again - he's patriotic. The more such a person has to cover and explain, rationalize and agonize, then we actually got it. If it hurts a bit to try and push any bad story about a nation of 302 million people - then I think we still have our Mojo. And the people who make an effort to detest it certainly don't. You'll also note that in Austin Powers, the Mojo thief was Dr. Evil. And he died. Have a nice day.

SC on :

But, look on the bright side, Joe. If the European "public" has gone from active dislike to mere indifference - and while Bush is still President, no less - that should represent as an improvement: shouldn't it? ;)

Joe Noory on :

Maybe, but it will only last about a month. Look, it's just how they are.

franchie on :

can't see that happening soon, now the Tour de France is replacing the soccer, then the olympic games, plus don't forget that we are lazy and have the longuest vacations, now see you in september, oh wait no, school riots, let's see for october... until then might be that Israel had bombed Iran, or your mighty navy... or Sarko had put the mess in EU, the latter is more probable, can't see how the "twins" in Poland would agree on anything but their khomeinian agenda...

Pat Patterson on :

I'm sure the current Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, might find himself being described as a twin of the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, somewhat difficult to explain as he was born two years later to not only a different mother but father as well. Maybe Poland should be complaining to the French as to how little the French seem to know about anything outside of France?

franchie on :

no cher profissore, you really want to paint me as dumbass check : http://mysoupis.blogspot.com/

Pat Patterson on :

No, I actually thought you really didn't need much help at all for that portrait.

franchie on :

also your everyday challenge !!! just from a different perspective

Joe Noory on :

You're right, The repetition is challenging. I'll make it more interesting for you: I flew all four planes on 9-11 myself, that is, if it even happened to begin with. You read that on the internet. Go assume it's a fact.

franchie on :

woah, I can't believe it from you, a conspirated theorician now, LMAO must I take that for granted ? woarf !

Pat Patterson on :

I have it on good authority that Joe N. eats lots of bran and roughage so I doubt if he is "conspirated" at all.

franchie on :

that's a lot of caring for a pooh :lol:

Pat Patterson on :

Now you don't like A.A. Milne's Winnie?

franchie on :

doch, quite, he is going to be your next president :lol:

Joe Noory on :

It's amazing how I somehow magically became the cospirracy theorist to a crackpot obsessed with century-old images of Germans, AIPAC-as-mysterious-world-ruler, thinks satellites are following her around, and accepts verbatim what she reads in blogs. Newsflash, salope: I can't be president. I wasn't born on US territory. It's all in the same thoughtless cultural trait any foreigner in France knows all too well - we are all thought inferior. No matter what the cost is to the truthlessness of what's said that the outsider may never have the last word, and the biggest and most chilling thing from these street-corner intellectuals, the rationalization that people who disagree with them are bigots. Call someone on their cretinous, dehumanizing accusations, and suddenly you're the one who has conspiracy fantasies. It's unremitting arrogance for no reason other than their individual egos. And Zyme, as far as I'm concerned, it isn't a matter of looking at the bright side. These people don't deserve being looked at at all. Other people don't exist for their amusement.

franchie on :

chéri, yourself put it on board, so blame only yourself for the kind of derivation

Joe Noory on :

Tell me, How DID [b]I[/b] magically make you throw out foolish accusations? How? Go no further, until you explain how it is that my reaction to your foolish blaming and accusing created something that preceded it. [b]Explain it. Now. I can't wait to hear it.[/b] How is it that you're not responsible for the things you say. Tell me. After all, you know as a fact that hundreds of millions of us American get together to agree on the tricks you say we have up our sleeves for you personally, because after all you matter so much to an entire nation of people across the ocean from you than all the risk to humanity.

franchie on :

your fuckin borin

Joe Noory on :

You're so effete, and you can spell too! I guess you'll alaways be that fish that got away. (sigh.) I'm still waiting for that explanation.

Joerg - Atlantic Review on :

[b]@ Franchie "your fuckin borin" Atlantic Review is the wrong place for such statements. And it is not (!) just the f-word. The comments section on Atlantic Review is for debating the issues. Its purpose is not to exchange personal dislikes. [/b]

franchie on :

OK, I remove the words, not my feelings

Zyme on :

While the primary elections have been reported about a lot here, I must say that apart from that you can hear very little about the US these days. I, too, notice this - a few years ago you could see something (mostly negative) about the US on every front page, be it online or printed. Now other things seem to be more important. And frankly (while I am rather interested in internation politics) even I could not understand why the primaries in the US have been reported at all. Surely it is interesting who will be the next US president. But that is of no importance here until he has become president. Unless you work for the export industry that is.

Joe Noory on :

I have a question: when are they going to run out of cities to name treaties and overblown rhetoric after? Haven't they already used Lisbon a few times? Aren't they ever going to run out of "UN cities of world culture" on the continent? If Gov't/PGO/NGO committees rigging up wierd campaigns like that is "mojo", I think you would need to give old Betty 3 or 4 rye Manhattans so as to appear to have an actual personality.

Zyme on :

Such names for Treaties are not only part of European tradition. They also make it easier for people to remember their content. This can have far-reaching consequences. For example I highly doubt that the German side would ever accept the creation of a European Treaty in say - Versaille :D

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