Our country is in a real mess. Why do I think this? Well, let's start from the top. Nobody, I mean nobody, respects the United States. President Bush was made fun of because of his "cowboy" image, yet, while other countries, and politicians, may not have liked that image, they knew not to mess with the U.S. But, don't worry; our military is being downsized as I write. It's too expensive to protect the country, anyway. Don't forget, the number one charge to the federal government is to protect the country from enemies inside and outside. But now, all we do is apologize for being a bully. Tell that to the Europeans after WWII.