According to a new BBC news poll, anti-Americanism is rising, principally over the situation in Iraq but also because of the US role in other world affairs. The poll dealt with issues such as the Israel-Hezbollah war, Iran’s nuclear program, and global warming in addition to the crisis in Iraq. One citizen in two across the 25 countries polled now says the US is playing a mainly negative role in the world. More than two-thirds, 68 percent, think the US military presence in the Middle East provokes more conflict than it prevents. Seventeen percent believes America provides a stabilizing force there. Sixty-five percent of world citizens disapprove of the U.S. government’s handling of the Israel-Hezbollah war, 60 percent disapprove of how our government is dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, and 56 percent don’t approve of how the global warming issue is being handled.
Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has completed two environmental reviews, clearing the way for new construction to support the bases four new missions sets, which will replace the E-8 Joint STARS mission that has defined the base for decades.