A few years ago, Osama bin Laden said that the way to defeat the US was to get us to spend $400 billion/year or more. Now, thanks to the Republicans, he's off in some cave gloating. The Repubilcans have weakened the United States in every respect. It will take years to undo the damage. At any rate, we'll now be like many poorer countries, a place where wealthy Europeans and Asians go for cheap vacations. Opponents Of U.S. Gloat Over Fiscal Crisis, Mideast Hardliners Call Wall St. Meltdown Divine Retribution For U.S.'s Past Misdeeds Against Muslims - CBS News merica's opponents in the Middle East are gloating over the financial meltdown in the United States, painting it as divine retribution for past misdeeds against Muslims and the last gasps of a dying empire. Hardline clerics across the region and groups like Hamas and al Qaeda took delight in America's financial woes even though it has not left the region unscathed, with stock markets across the Middle East dropping more than 10 percent last week. "We are witnessing the collapse of the American Empire," Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, told worshippers during Friday prayers. "What's going on in America is a result of the violation of the rights of people in Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Muslims around the world."