Ed Driscoll

Poll Dancing

The International Herald Tribune (owned by the New York Times) has this week’s hell-in-a-handbasket poll:

As the war in Iraq continues for a fourth year, the global image of America has slipped further, even among publics in countries closely allied with the United States, a new global opinion poll has found.

In an effort to get as far ahead of the news cycle as possible, P.J. O’Rourke responded to this poll two years ago:

And the best thing about Americans recusing ourselves from global entanglements is that we will be loved again. Imagine a world where American manners and mores set the standard almost everywhere, where American fashions, American ideas and American lifestyles are universally sought out and copied. A world where people avidly listen to American music, eagerly watch American TV and movies, and try to imitate Americans in every way. Imagine a world where the U.S.A. is so admired that people by the millions want nothing more than to come to America and recuse themselves from global entanglements.

Imagine it–it’s easy if you try…