A talking point dictated by the Republican propaganda machine to attack Obama/Democrats and hammered home on all media is that he/Democrats have made America “weak” in the eyes of the world. Sadly, Democrats’ fear of this accusation has led to war in the past and kept the military-industrial complex in gear.
These are the guys that proved American impotence to the world by invading a quasi-defenseless Iraq, declaring “Mission Accomplished”, and becoming bogged down in nation-destroying. Unlike what they had imagined, no one greeted them with flowers. The only flowers were the wreaths on the graves of the dead soldiers. And, what about success in Afghanistan against a bunch of hill tribes? That proved American “strength” to the world.
Of course, who can forget the “greatest” Republican president, who displayed American power to the world by invading that great nation, Grenada, whose total population was less than the US military. That president perches atop a pedestal and worshipped by all those that have ingested the Koolade and believed the doctrine of Fox News.
Strength is in the eyes of the deceiver...
Alhambra is the fortress in Granada (surely had a different name in the day), which the Christian forces conquered from the Moors in 1492. Parts have survived European architecture and been maintained in their original splendor. Newer renovations are not worth visiting. Arab design is fantastic and certainly eclipses Christian art. Both faiths are dodgy, but their followers do nice work.
I did not take many photos, perhaps due to the bloody cold. Sorry. If you are in the neighborhood, a detour to Grenada is well worth the time and effort.
I like Granada (the one in Spain, not the one in the Caribbean, which spelled Grenada). I will probably return and spend more time seeing more than a plane taking off and landing.
The people are friendly, although few speak any English. One communicates with smiles (even me!) and gestures and misunderstanding. One orders food and is surprised by what is serves, but everything is of good quality and flavor. Prices are very reasonable. One does not notice that the unemployment rate is 30%, because people are friendly, restaurants are full, and no one seems to be complaining (or robbing tourists). The weather could be warmer, but all of Europe is suffering from an unusual cold spell (Rome and Mallorca had snow). We could still sit outside and enjoy a coffee in 9 degree sunshine.
There are almost too many sights to see and too many restaurants/tapas bars to chose from. Each one seems to offer better food and drink. The beer tastes better than anywhere. Granada has maintained the tradition of my never having had a bad meal in Spain. Perhaps, next time, I will pick a time with warmer weather. For anyone else, it is worth a trip...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.