Are any readers surprised to learn that a poll carried out in 68 countries has resulted in the US being voted the most significant threat to world peace?
Americans may or may not be shocked to learn that it was not only people in countries who traditionally oppose the US who view them as a threat but people thought of as allies, and even some Americans.
The survey conducted by the Worldwide Independent Network and Gallup at the end of 2013 revealed that, although America may see itself as the "policeman" of the world, others disagree and see the country as hostile.
To the question“Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” 24% of those polled answered the US. Pakistan came second with 8% of the vote. Russia Today reports:
Polls can of course be interpreted many different ways. Who was polled is important. Did this one use a cross section of nationalities, professions and ages?
In third place was "China with 6 percent and Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea came in joint fourth place with 5 percent of the vote". However in many ways it would have been expected that pollsters would have voted for secretive North Korea or China as posing the biggest threat to world peace.
It would have been interesting to ask people why they saw the US in this way and to learn if recent revelations regarding spying by the US or the use of unmanned drones to kill in foreign lands impacted negatively on the poll.
On the home front the Obama administrations' failure to act on Syria, deliver on the Affordable Healthcare Act and resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff" crisis have all damaged confidence in the country.
It is worth noting also that the road to hell is, as they say, paved with good intentions.