It's always surprising to me to see a group of individuals who escaped a high control / cult that simply replace their point of worship from one thing (JWs) to another (nationalism). They never challenge their underlying issue which is, "how is my thought process and belief system fundamentally flawed as to allow this to happen", and what should I do to fix it?
Many blindly gulped down the watery gruel that the WTBS dished up claiming it was ribeye steak, and never questioned the incongruencies. Now that they are out of the JWs, they repeat the behavior by greedily eating the gruel the United States (or any other country) propaganda machinary can churn out and tell everyone it's not gruel they are eating, but succulent oyster stew.
The "United States" is not evil, nor good. It is an inantimate object so therefore cannot be either good or evil. The actions of which it carries out however can be judged or evaluated as good / evil. Not everything the United States does is evil. Nor conversely is everything that it does good. Because what most people consider to be "good", or battling on the fields of Europe in WWII, does that obscure or give the USA a "free pass" as it were for its actions in Iraq? In Abu-Gharib prison? The Japanese Internment? The prisons of Guantanamo Bay?
Also, whenever someone brings up a point of contention, so many spin into a label/deny/dismiss behavior. Anything that is critical of their beliefs in nationalism are branded as "America haters", when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. I've spent time overseas teaching and it's not a "hate", but rather a frustration with America. That it is on such a blindedly wrongheaded course and refuses to listen to any of her allies.
I don't think most Americans have a clue either as to what the evening news looks like in many countries. Every night, and I mean every night, there are video clips showing Palestinians being maimed and killed by Isreali military personnel, as well as normal every day Iraqi citizens dead, maimed, and burned from American military "fallout". These images are what people around the globe are seeing EVERY NIGHT. These actions will color a generation of children and young adults I assure you. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. America has set up a number of issues to deal with as a result of its action in the future. The United States and the CIA helped put Saddam into power in the first place. The went on to arm him, supply intelligence and military training to him and his forces, and supported him for many years. As long as Saddam kept the balance of power in the middle east and the free flow of oil, the US turned a blind eye to his thuggish behavior. Just like America turns a blind eye to the Saudis (you know the 19 people who flew planes into the towers...those 19 Saudis) and their own funding of radical Islam sects to stay in power.