"We had a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and France.
From this Reuter’s article:
“Barely three hours after the first U.S. missiles struck Baghdad, a crowd that organizers put at 40,000 and which police said numbered ``tens of thousands’’ brought Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, to a standstill.”
"Thousands more were expected to take part in a march to the U.S. embassy in Rome in the afternoon. Public sector workers declared a day-long strike while Italy’s three biggest unions, with a combined 11 million members, said they would strike for two hours to protest against the attacks.
In Greece, where there is bitter public and government opposition to the attack on Iraq, the center of Athens was turned into a huge protest arena. Nearly 10,000 people including many schoolchildren gathered to march to the U.S. embassy. Greek police rushed reinforcements to the embassy to protect it."
“Anti-American sentiment was stronger still in Muslim Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan, where many saw the attack as the beginning of an American campaign to subjugate the Islamic world and seize control of oil.”
Outside of the United States, there is hardly a single a country whose public supports this war on these terms. Inside the US there is substantial dissent.
It is patently absurd to say that the leaders of, for example, Chile and Mexico (countries on the Security Council that tried to urge a compromise), Canada (a country off the Security Council that tried to urge a compromise), Russia and China (countries who would have voted against the US/UK’s second resolution), Germany (strongly opposed to war), Turkey (as yet unwilling to provide air space), plus a host of countries in Africa and Asia are in favor of this war. Indeed, it is almost delusional to suggest that their combined resistance, and the even greater resistance of some of their peoples, can be reduced to “failure to conver stubborn minded France.”
3/4 of the world’s leaders is a generous assessment of the extent of the damage to this country’s credibility. The actual damage is probably closer to 9/10 of the world’s people.
As to alternative methodology, that is an almost risible request. Alternatives were on the table from several countries. Some asked for as little as an extension of three weeks. Even if in practice, due to weather considerations, that might have amounted to a delay of months, where was the imminent threat to US security? No case was ever made for that.
Of course, anyone who chooses can turn on Fox News from this point on, or even CNN, and dream that Bush has done the US a favor.