Originally Posted by Hoov
the point about Bush is that he doesnt care how his actions or statements rub people, Bush could care less that he is creating more antiamerican sentiment (and not just with the terrorist - with other peoples of the world as well). But that doesnt matter because the US is too powerful and important to worry about what others think.
Why should he? Do Islamists who burn effigies and flags and attack civilians care about the image project? No. Obviously they are allowed such behaviour, but God forbid an American President say something and it's cataclysmic.
America is the focal point of the war on their side. Other countries, while helping, (kudos to Germany and the many others who do help) can afford to be less aggressive at the moment. America, being the most powerful as you've acknowledged has much more to lose.
What others think is fine, it's how others act, most notably when they attack American civilian targets.