In 2007 The BBC did a poll to get a view as to how certain countries viewed the US and Israel. When I see these things, I always pay attention to how the polls go in certain countries.
One of my favorites over the years has been Greece.
I worked for an agency of the US Government and served in an official capacity in Greece in late 1967. Through a bizarre set of circumstances I was on the wrong side of King Constantine's aborted and incompetent counter-coup in January of 1968 and I was declared "persona non grata" and given 48 hours to get out of the country.
That did not particularly bother me, because the January weather of 1968 was quite unpleasant and I was personally appalled at the degree of anti-Americanism in Greece especially from the intellectuals and elite. I was pleased to leave.
That anti-Americansism led to the assasination of CIA station chief, Richard Welch in 1967, and many other terrorist incidents since that time. Not much changed over the years and in 2007 a BBC poll showed that Greece had an 11% positive opinion and a a 68% negative view of the USA.
The USA owes nothing to Greece. If the socialists in Greece go broke, that is their doing and their problem. The US public should know that Greece is no friend of the US and has never been.
US taxpayers should do nothing for Greece. Give them nothing. They deserve even less.
All The Best
THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.
My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.
At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.
An elephant never forgets.
Deuce, 21 June 2018