The Corner

Earth Vs. Bush

People all over the world hate President Bush! That’s the point of this story in today’s Washington Post, which cites opinion polls from Canada and Russia as well as anecdotes from Egypt and Indonesia to demonstrate that billions of foreigners are rooting for John Kerry. (The list of anti-Bush countries also includes China, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, and Spain.) The author of the piece, Keith Richburg (a good reporter), allows that Bush appears to be popular in India and Singapore, and he points to a poll showing that a plurality of Israelis support Bush’s re-election. Then there’s this: “One other place where Bush appears somewhat popular is Sudan, particularly in the Darfur region. Some Sudanese say they wish his interventionist policies would extend to their country. ‘We could use a regime change,’ said Halima Huessin, a Sudanese aid worker in Darfur, as she looked out over a gaggle of children covered in flies and men sleeping in thatched huts.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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