"mindless anti-Americanism" i think that refers to people adopting the age old adage the enemy of my enemy... I am pro American in that i support the tens of millions of good Americans who read a little history and have some humility and concern for the globe and not just their homeland. However i doubt this is close to the majority and as far as the ruling class is concerned-and that includes every administration since the US got independence they have been anything but 'basically good'. more like basically bastards. Unless you consider the genocide of the native pop or the enslavement of the Africans a blip, never mind imperialism and aggression writ large first in the Americas then further afield. Basically awful.
Lebanese protesters storm environment ministry amid trash crisis (AP)
from the article: Netanyahu to Hamas: Israel's offer for Shalit is final