Bush and the world: In a new global survey, the majority of people in 30 of 35 countries polled said they want John Kerry--not George Bush--in the White House (only Poland, the Phillippines, and Nigeria preferred Bush, while India and Thailand were evenly divided). Closer to home, a study by Foreign Policy in Focus zeroes in on this lack of international goodwill as one of the problems with Bush's foreign policy:
The Bush administration’s “war on terrorism” reflects a major failure of leadership and makes Americans more vulnerable rather than more secure. The administration has chosen a path to combat terrorism that has weakened multilateral institutions and squandered international goodwill. Not only has Bush failed to support effective reconstruction in Afghanistan, but his war and occupation in Iraq have made the United States more vulnerable and have opened a new front and a recruiting tool for terrorists while diverting resources from essential homeland security efforts. In short, Washington’s approach to homeland security fails to address key vulnerabilities, undermines civil liberties, and misallocates resources.

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