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In what ways has the Bush administration damaged the US image abroad; potentially having made the world a more dangerous place?
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/july-dec06/turkey_11-27.html [Broken]MARGARET WARNER: It's the war in Iraq, right on Turkey's doorstep, that has transformed America's image here. A country that for 50 years stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. in NATO, a country whose people once prized their friendship with America, is now roiling with doubts about whether that relationship works for them any longer.
ERDINC ASYALIOGLU, Fisherman (through translator): We've always loved America. It's a country we want to visit and a place we want to live. But when Bush was elected, his invasion of Iraq, and Iraq going out of control, it affected us in a very bad way.
NUR VERGIN, Political Scientist: I have never witnessed such a thing in this country
...NUR VERGIN: Because America is seen as an imperialistic power which attacked, after all, a Muslim society, a neighboring Muslim society, so there is much empathy, there is much sympathy, and, of course, anti-Americanism.
MARGARET WARNER: Popular culture abounds with evidence of that anti-Americanism. Turkish bookstores carry American novelist Stephen King, but novels portraying a menacing view of the United States ride the bestseller lists. The blockbuster is a pulp fiction thriller, "Metal Storm," and its three sequels, depicting a U.S. invasion of Turkey from bases in Iraq and a retaliatory nuclear strike on Washington by a Turkish secret agent.
And then there is "Valley of the Wolves," a wildly popular film and television series based on a real-life event that took place in the northern Iraq town of Sulaymaniyah in July 2003. [continued]
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