I see that you are aware that the revisionist history taught in our schools is a load of BS. Congratulations on being among the few with a true perspective on American history. You are of course right about Abe and FDR, but you'll have to admit that the Bush administration is currently in third place and vying for one of the top positions. VWW
Hmmm... being hated by the krauts and the frogs is not exactly a shining badge of honor. After all, them guys invented internal combustion engine and V-2 motor. Of course even worse would be to pi$$ off the entire Arab population but nobody would be foolish enough to make that mistake, would they.
Of course at any give point of time you can find people who hate America. Or Sweden, or Germany for that matter. Its just that nowadays the old lady from the flower shop regards the US as the evil empire. You guys may have some PR issues here.
No, instead we should bury our heads in the sand and let the anti-west sentiment grow to even more horrifying proportions. Perhaps like the less than sterling Arab governments who permit this chaos to secure their own fortunes. We should "reason" with fanatics, murderers and thugs, correct? And did we forget the Europeans are not innocent in the development of the current mid-east situation? France was one of the most assertive colonial powers of the 19th and 20th century (Algeria, Morocco, Africa, Pacific-Rim, etc.) Maybe you're not aware that they also essentially created the situation in Viet Nam. Most people aren't even aware that it was a French colony and that the French committed unspeakable atrocities therelike slaughter and real torture. And they have the nerve to condesend to us. What a joke.
Turns out they're afraid of there own Muslim population, too. And you see how well the election in Spain worked out. How 'bout another beheading?
Hmmm... whatever the French (or indeed the Germans, talking about unspeakable atrocities) have done in the past justifies very little the absurdity going on now.
Saddam, awful tyrant as he was, had nothing to do with 9/11. In fact, he was the most bloody, murderous oppressor of Shia muslims (=Osama's people, the guys who hit NY), like, ever. He killed them by tens of thousands. But who is going to take over Iraq now? You guessed it.
What you have here is a giant low-rpm (low stress) aircraft type engine, running about 5 to 1 compression, geared to the moon. It might only have 40 hp, but by virture of it's immense size, can propel an un-faired bicycle type vehicle at the speeds listed.
Count Louis Zbrowski used this formula much the same way with Chitty One (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), by mounting a 23 litre Maybach Zeppelin motor in a chain-driven Mercedes chassis.
"Babs" broke all kinds of speed records around 1910 at Pendine Sand, Wales. The car eventually killed Parry Thomas, when the chain came off, and wrapped around his neck at about 120 mph. What a way to go.