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Tuesday, September 26, 2006


How much good will have we squandered?

- By Michael M. Bates

The word of the month is squander. As in, we have squandered all the good will the United States enjoyed after the 9/11 attacks.

The Associated Press picked up on the theme. Its 9/11 coverage included the observation, "Critics say Americans have squandered the goodwill that prompted France's Le Monde newspaper to proclaim 'We are all Americans' that somber day after the attacks..."

Going unmentioned was a question later posed in that editorial: "Might it not then have been America itself that created this demon?"

Also on the squander case is the formidable intellectual Ms. Rosie O'Donnell. On "The View" the conversation turned to the purported world support for the U.S. after 9/11. Rosie opined, "And it's hard to believe that in the five years since, that's all gone away. And we have sort of squandered, the, you know, the world's..." She was interrupted by another cohost, who assured her the matter would be discussed another day. No doubt it will be........................................
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