I guess we must live on different planets then because here in Sweden and I dare say most of Europe we don't quite recognize that description.
Perhaps you remember that Germany for instance was strongly against invading Iraq? I guess their intelligence must have been better than yours?
I'm not so sure that the world "expects" the US to be world police, that's something that the US has been doing without being asked to. Funny how that policing is mostly done in areas where there's something to gain for the US corporate elite...
As for Sweden we have always stood for trying to resolve conflicts without violence. It's easy to forget, but the fact is that the US attacked the sovereign nation Iraq.
Oh and by the way, thanks to your war on Iraq, we are now the western country that has received the most Iraqi refugees. So we have done much more than our fair share in something we didn't cause. I'd love nothing better than to ship them all over to you and hear some Swedish spoken in the streets again...
Iraq had done nothing that, according to international laws, allowed US military aggression against them. Which is why the UN refused to support the attack.
I didn't like Saddam any better than you, but it leaves a very bitter taste when the "world police" also plays the judge, jury and executioner part.
Let's not even start discussing things such as Blackwater...
I love the US but I'm not going to let that blind me to when wrongful things are done.
I don't want to turn this thread off track more than I already did - I respect you much to much Clint!