Power Line posts a letter from a Chinese teacher that explains, if explanation were needed, what the Democrats and our beloved media are doing when they tee off on our President for political gain:
"One of the things I find particularly distressing is how the careless and hateful rhetoric of Democrats and the media have been swallowed hook, line, and sinker by the Chinese, who receive it via (God help us!) the BBC. Bush evil. Bush stupid. That's what my students believe; the dismissive tone of their voices, when they mention President Bush's name, speaks more than any words can. Democrats and the media are so insular, that they do not begin to conceive of the impact of their propaganda and how that shapes the way the rest of the world views us. What has poisoned the perception of the U.S. abroad is not the actions of GWB, but that of the Democrats and the media who noised abroad their disdain and lack of support for Dubya, all for political gain. Had the Democrats and media done what was right, the U.S. would be in different odor around the globe."
The sad part, or rather the unrelentingly tragic part, is that liberals will claim, when we have to pay the butcher's bill on all of this, that it's because of the war in Iraq, or Halliburton, or "root causes," or some such nonsense. It's like a kid who uses a wrist rocket to smash streetlights and then protests at City Hall about how it's dangerous on the unlit streets of his neighborhood. Stupid, counterproductive, and downright dangerous.