Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Aussies, Brits and Frenchmen Who Love America!

Amidst all the media doom and gloom and the vitriolic commentary coming from the America-hating left, it's easy to forget that our nation is still a beacon of light to much of the world. With that in mind, a few examples of people from other nations showing such appreciation may be in order.

Via AFP (currently linked at Drudge) came this great photo from down under. It shows Australians expressing their appreciation not only for Vice-President Dick Cheney (in Sydney to meet with Prime Minister John Howard, who many of us Americans absolutely adore in return), but for America. As someone with a fair amount of Australian relatives, I just have to say, good on ya, mates!

Then there are our British fans. Brit Hume did a segment on Fox News this past week on the group 18 Doughty Street and their pro-American, conservative-leaning political outreach campaign. My favorite is the satirical advertisement "A World Without America," which demonstrates what a wonderful world (not!) it would be without the good old, U.S. of A.

And lest it be thought America is without its European appreciators, the Euro-American Liberty Institute, whose French founder Philippe Manteau I was privileged to meet last year (read about it here: "French Neocons? Mon Dieu!"), keeps chugging along. Most recently, Manteau gave a speech in Paris before over 1,000 members of the "French Resistance" (as he dubbs them) at the Presidential Congress of their political party, Alternative Liberale. Audience members included Alain Madelin, former Minister of Economy and Finance, who is known for his pro-American views. Anyone who speaks French (which, sadly, does not include me) can watch the speech here.

So buck up, America. Who loves you? All kinds of people!

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Le Monde headline 9/13/01: Nous sommes tous Américains.

Glad to see the Aussies finally catching up to the French.

Maybe if a few more Republicans had the spine and moral conviction of the "America-hating left", more than 3000 American soldiers wouldn't have lost their lives in a war of opportunity in Iraq (vs. a war of necessity a la Afghanistan.)

Saturday, February 24, 2007 9:58:00 AM  
Anonymous GM Roper said...

Anonymous, if you had the courage of your moral convictions, you wouldn't mind signing your name. And don't forget, that most democrats signed off on the "war of opportunity" that you think only republicans passed.

Whether they did it out of expediency and voted for it before they "voted against it" or whether they voted it out of conviction (If one is to believe Hillary 2002 vs Hillary 2007) is another matter.

Maybe if a few more Democrats had the understanding that the islamofascist would just as soon cut their throats as look at them, maybe we could get united in this war and win it as opposed to playing partisan games for power's sake.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Thanks for the link to that wonderful picture. I also mentioned the 911 Neocons group.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Boomer Rider said...

If the anti-American left has their way, there will be a lot more Americans dead, and it won't be just soldiers.

Saddam's forces went down early in this war on terror. The people we're fighting now love to kill civilians. If you want to see their intent for America, go visit the site of the World Trade Center.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 3:48:00 PM  
Blogger Lew Waters said...

Don't forget, the anti-war left cost us thousands of lives in Viet nam. Then, after forcing our withdrawal after years of prolonging that one, millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians also lost their lives, along with untold thousands more who persished in the South China Sea escaping Communism.

If the "America-hating left" had any moral convictions at all, this war just might be that much closer to being over.

However, since terror and terrorist supporters are who we fight in both Afghanistan and Iraq (same people in other words, for you lefties) how is Afghanistan necessary, yet Iraq, who supported terror, financed terror and had WMDs(which seem to have disappeared in the six month long "rush to war)is classified as an "opportunity?"

Following the logic of the left, in WW2, we should have bypassed France and the Pacific Islands and just hit Japan and Germany.

Then again, we all know the necessity of Bosnia/Kosovo, don't we?

Saturday, February 24, 2007 8:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

One has only to look at the political legacy of Viet Nam to see what partisan politics and micro manageing does to conducting a military campaign. Sadly, we are making similar mistakes once again in Iraq.

Thursday, March 01, 2007 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Kunikuni said...

Apologies that I don't have a link for this because it was sent me via mail:) Apparently it's for real. Also some words are not considered necessarily 'bad' in Oz, so please make allowances:)

"This is a full transcript of the Prime Minister's (John Howard) announcement before the world's media explaining the Australian position:

"The people of Australia are neither dills nor drongos. It should by now be obvious that Saddam Hussein reckons we're both and, frankly, I've had a gutful.

"That quality bloke from the UN, Hans Blix, has on several occasions now rocked up in Baghdad for a squizz only to be stuffed around by a blue-chip bullsh** artist who insists that, apart from a couple of two-penny bungers and a catherine wheel, his _arsenal of weapons amounts to three-fifths of stuff-all.

"To you, Saddam, I say: 'Get your hand off it. This isn't bush week. We didn't come down in the last shower and will muck in for one almighty stink unless you pull your finger out and stop taking the freedom-loving world for a ride.'

"The President was asked whether Australia is part of the coalition of the willing. My oath we are. We're as willing as b*ggery. As billio. We're as willing as all get-out.

"That said, we are not yet dead-set for a stoush, and still believe that an honest yarn can sort out this barney – but only if Saddam is true blue about it.

"We see little point, however, in adopting the shirt-lifting position taken by some of the continentals.

"Tony Blair has been beaut, even if the average Pom on the street remains iffy.

"But France and Germany are an absolute cotcase, a hopeless bloody rabble. This is hardly surprising, as both nations have well and truly got the runs on the board in the showpony stakes.

"Many of you will be familiar with my colleague Alexander Downer and his doctrine of the busted-_arse countries.

"Today I expand that doctrine to include another category – the up-themselves purse-swinging states of Western Europe.

"The Frogs, with their history of having a bob each way, only to bludge their way out of strife, and the Krauts, who brought us the maddest _b*st*rd and biggest dust-up of the 20th century, but come the raw prawn in the face of a comparable global shemozzle.

"To the Europeans I say – fair suck of the sav. Unless you lift your game – and quick smart – you will be found standing, dacked, before world opinion.

"In the coming donnybrook, I would also stress that we have absolutely no worries with the Muslim peoples of the world.

"My government has been bagged by bolshies for hopping into queue-jumpers – some reckon I pinched my third spell in the bush capital by giving them heaps – but they're a bloody marvellous mob and I would be more than happy to blow the froth off a couple with any of them should they shack up next door, provided they've had their bona fides sussed by our pen-pushers.

"Any war will be about a fair go for the people of Iraq who have had the mockers put on them for far too long by this rolled-gold, 24-carat nong who, cunning as a sh**house rat, has tried to con the world while acting like a low mongrel towards his own citizens and a raving fruitcake throughout the region.

"Time is running out, Saddam. Comply with the UN's demands and everything will be tickety-boo. Keep _p*ss-farting around and we'll be in like Flynn. And you, Saddam, will be cactus.

"To those domestic whiners and whingers who accuse me of cranking it too hard too early – particularly Simon Crean and his pinko mates, who have given the seppo dippos the irrits by having a red-hot go at their President – I warn that you are playing right into the hands of a man who is demonstrably as mad as a cut snake.

I trust this clarifies the Australian position.

"I would now like to invite the President back to the embassy for a phlegm-cutter.

"I understand he is no longer massively on the turps and may not be on for a proper session. In these troubled times, however, we should allow ourselves a couple of sly ones.

"I thank youse all."

[DAVID PENBERTHY, Daily Telegraph 14 Feb]
"

Friday, March 09, 2007 5:04:00 PM  
Blogger anja said...

I am Left but i NOT hate USA.

Btw, i posted a comment under your article about Lawrence of Arabia (26.2.2007)

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