Who Are America’s Allies?

I’m sick of all these polls that ask people in lesser countries what they think of the United States. That’s like asking Hitler what he thinks of Eisenhower. Now this Rasmussen poll is more like it. It asks what Americans think of these other jealous nations that hate us. I don’t agree with every single result in this poll, but over all it is a promising sign that Americans understand what is going on in the world.

Country Ally Enemy U.S. Should Defend U.S. Should Not Defend
China 19% 26% 13% 72%
Japan 59% 10% 46% 41%
Russia 17% 27% 15% 72%
Great Britain 85% 5% 73% 18%
Iraq 17% 41% 30% 57%
Germany 66% 5% 53% 33%
Vietnam 21% 21% 19% 64%
Canada 86% 4% 78% 16%
Saudi Arabia 23% 25% 26% 59%
France 61% 4% 45% 37%
Israel 70% 8% 59% 29%
North Korea 4% 75% 13% 74%
Mexico 54% 11% 59% 28%
Iran 5% 70% 13% 74%
Pakistan 12% 28% 29% 49%
Afghanistan 15% 40% 33% 50%
Venezuela 20% 34% 25% 56%
Egypt 39% 9% 38% 41%
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Biden Contradicts Obama Again, OK With Israel Bombing Iranian Nukes

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Vice President Joe Biden signaled that the Obama administration would not stand in the way if Israel chose to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, even as the top U.S. military officer said any attack on Iran would be destabilizing.

Biden’s remarks suggested a tougher U.S. stance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Nonetheless, administration officials insisted his televised remarks Sunday reflected the U.S. view that Israel has a right to defend itself and make its own decisions on national security.

Yahoo! News

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Staged Question: Obama and Huffington Post Conspire

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In what appeared to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney near the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran. “Nico, I know you and all across the Internet, we’ve been seeing a lot of reports coming out of Iran,” Obama said, addressing Pitney. “I know there may actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet. Do you have a question?”

Pitney, as if ignoring what Obama had just said, said: “I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian.”

He then noted that the site had solicited questions from people in the country “who were still courageous enough to be communicating online.”

“Under which conditions would you accept the election of Ahmadinejad, and if you do accept it without any significant changes in the conditions there, isn’t that a betrayal of the — of what the demonstrators there are working towards?”

Politico

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Americans Believe Iran is Developing Nuclear Weapons

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Iran says its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful energy purposes. The U.S., Israel and the European Union believe it is intended to develop nuclear weapons. Do you believe Iran’s nuclear program is for energy purposes or for weapons development?

Energy purposes 6%
Weapons development 77%
Not sure 17%

Over the coming year, will relations between Iran and the United States get better or worse?

Better 33%
Worse 36%
About the same 17%
Not sure 14%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American likely voters, conducted on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, 2009. Margin of error is 3 per cent.