Thursday, August 26, 2010

Japan's Ozawa says Americans Are Not Very Smart

In an amusing return of the classic Japanese political gaffe, political grandee Ichiro Ozawa commented that -

"I like Americans, but they are somewhat monocellular. When I talk with Americans, I often wonder why they are so simple-minded."

There was a time, not so long ago, when I would have hastened to indignantly refute such accusations. But in all truth, dear reader, look around you at the US political landscape, consider the events of the last 10 years, and ask yourself if we can really deny that his opinions are at least partially justified.

Ozawa continued -

"I don't think Americans are very smart, but I give extremely high credit for democracy and choices by its people," he added.

Oh? Now that part I can argue with.

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