When I first saw the results of last week's mid-term elections, I was just disappointed, and only a little concerned. Being in Europe the week of the elections didn't do much to allay my worries. Everybody there, it seemed, was positively giddy over the election results, and while European nations aren't overt enemies of the US, they certainly don't favor a strong America. Anything in their eyes that bodes well for a kinder, gentler (read weaker) America is just dandy with them. But as reports from elsewhere in the world started filtering in, my worries became more profound.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:
"Since Washington's hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation."
Venezuelan Thug-in-Chief Hugo Chavez:
"Heads are beginning to roll," Chavez said of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a press conference. "It was about time he resigned. The president should resign now."
Even Abu Musab Al Zarqawi's replacement as head of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, got in on the act, gloating over the Republican losses and Rumsfeld's resignation.
So, thanks, America. Just like Spain in the wake of the Madrid train bombings, you've given the bad guys exactly what they wanted.