The "nasty" arguments started when you assumed that I had to be some know-nothing idiot who may not even have sailed, or at best had been working in some shore based position. I appreciate that you have taken your time to find out differently.
Yes I agree, you will not be able to convert me to a true believer in American exceptionalism, nor am I likely to be able to convince you that there can be something worthwhile coming from outside the US.
I don't think we will ever see eye to eye on American politics, especially the present brand of it, so let's let that rest.
That US is "in the midst of a great change" which, as you say, is much needed, we can agree on.
The difference is that I don't think going backwards is the right choice, which is what appears to be happening. You may think so, as is your right.
You do not know how and from where I get my information of American and world affairs, but I can assure you that it is not one sided. I'm a self-confessed news addict, who like to check news from different sources to ensure I know the facts and the different opinions.
I accept that American media are mostly biased, one way or another, but in foreign affairs, nearly ALWAYS biased in favour of the official American position. (Fox News exempted)
Or at least it used to be the case, until recently.
As to my "agenda"; on the political side I don't have one, except to present facts when someone make statements that is not correct, or to arrest hypocrisy. Otherwise I do post items of Maritime interest I find from various sources, that may not be commonly available to people on this forum, or article that is, but fits into ongoing discussions.
I have no problem admitting that I don't know everything about anything, incl. US Maritime affairs, but I do have some knowledge about things outside USA that MAY be of interest to somebody on this forum.
I have no intention of bashing any country or person, but when somebody with little or no knowledge of other countries make bastant statement without merits, I do feel it necessary to point out the felony and present the facts. No apologies for that.
If my style of writing upset tender souls I can only apologise. If somebody take offence, I can only say that no offence is intended, except as reply to direct attack on my person.
We are way outside anything to do with the title of this thread, so I'll call it quits.