David Howell’s April 27 article “America the not so beautiful” was an interesting read, but his argument contained too many holes and became another example of the kind of America bashing that is becoming quite popular in today’s British press.

He refers to America as a whole when discussing many of the policies and problems provided by the Bush administration and Bush supporters. However, Bush’s popularity with the American public has been at an all-time low for many months, ranging on average of 30 percent and lower. Over 80 percent of the American public disagreed with Bush’s decision to send more troops to Iraq. So while Bush does represent America, he does not represent a majority of the American people.

Howell’s comment suggesting that future candidates would not make any changes is flawed. Many candidates on the Democratic side, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, for example, have constantly suggested changes that differ greatly from the Bush administration’s usual ideas.

jeffrey snow

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