April 1st, 2008
05:01 PM ET

Poll ranks countries posing biggest threat to U.S.


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to the Axis of Evil, a little diplomacy can go a long way. According to the latest Gallup Poll the number of Americans who view North Korea as our greatest enemy has dropped by half in the last year. In fact, North Korea isn't even any longer in the top three. Thanks to diplomatic agreements reached concerning their nuclear weapons program, the percentage of Americans viewing North Korea as our biggest threat has dropped from 18% to 9%.

North Korea's Axis of Evil partners, Iran and Iraq still top the enemies list. 25% of Americans see Iran as our biggest enemy and 22% say it's Iraq.

Who's the new number three? China with 14%. North Korea has dropped to number four with its 9% rating. Number five is a tie between Afghanistan and us! That's right, 3% of the people surveyed see the United States as its own worst enemy.

The Russian bear is hardly in the game. Our number one nemesis for all the years of the cold war is only considered our worst enemy today by 2% of Americans.

Here’s my question to you: What country do you think poses the biggest threat to the United States?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Al from Lawrence, Kansas writes:

It's the country of Kool-Aid. If 25% name Iran and 22% say Iraq, that means 47% of Americans are still drinking the stuff.

Robert from North Carolina writes:
China Jack...They will destroy us without firing a shot and they know it...They have started an assault on the American economy and work place...Twenty years from today we will be nothing better than a run of the mill European country...China on the other hand, will be the world leader in manufacturing, breaking all kind of business profit records...It's time for America to wake up and smell the coffee...We could lose our country and never know we were at war.

Mike from Syracuse, New York writes:
It's not a country, it's a movement, specifically extreme Islam. They will do anything to advance their agenda, which is world conversion. The vast majority of so-called mainstream Muslims are unwilling or incapable of controlling the extremists. Eventually, they'll get their hands on nukes or biological weapons. When they do, 9/11 will seem like a picnic.

Chris from Chicago, Illinois writes:
I'd have to say China, Jack. While Iran is a bit of a worry, they don't stack up to China in terms of military strength, need for resources, and economic clout. Not only has China been fervently upping its military espionage, but they're an enormous country with an insatiable thirst for resources. The need for resources not available through trade has driven many countries through the centuries towards invasions and full on wars.

Dick writes:
I pick Cuba. If that country did not have so many loyal Republicans in Florida Al Gore would have won the 2000 election and George Bush would be baseball commissioner.

Peter writes:
Washington. Who else?

Kel writes:
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
– Abraham Lincoln

Filed under: Global Image • United States
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Brian, Houston Texas

    The country that the Clintons live in because it sure isn't a country that I inhabit so it must be anywhere else but here.

    April 1, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  2. Brent

    The biggest threat to the United States these days is the United States! No other country in the world could stand up to the US militarily or economically or even in its ability to shoot itself in the foot.

    I don't think that countries that hate America need to do anything but sit back and let it implode under the weight of fear, greed and hate.

    Brent from Trinidad & Tobago

    April 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  3. peter canada

    Washington. Who else

    April 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  4. MARK, VA

    That is easy Jack, it is THIS country the way it is run by the disastrous Bush-Cheyne right-wing cabal!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  5. Greg

    What country poses the biggest threat to the United States?

    Under the current administration – the United States.

    Oak Park, IL

    April 1, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Chris, Chicago IL

    I'd have to say China, Jack; while Iran is a bit of a worry, they don't stack up to China in terms of military strength, need for resources, and economic clout. Not only has China been fervently upping it's military espionage, but they're an enormous country with an insatiable thirst for resoucres. The need for resources not available through trade has driven many countries through the centuries towards invasions and full on wars. Not to mention China's basic attitude on the international level is "Don't like us? Go to hell". Pundits and reporters consistently point out that much of China's development is exteremely similar to what the rest of the world went through in the first half of the 20th century. Hmmmmm, now what exactly did the world spend it's time doing from 1914-1947? Oh yea..... killing eachother over resources and the rights of humans. I would love for someone to point out to me how exactly the U.S. and China avoid war in the next 10-30 years, because I can't see it, and that worries me.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  7. walter poe

    Hi Jack,

    I think the biggest threat to this country is us. We are a bigger threat then any other coutry. Plain and simple. If we dont go back and get our values as Martin Luther King once said in a sermon then we dont have a chance........Thanks to the current administration I dont see that ever happing......

    Vote for Obama!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  8. Al, Lawrence KS

    It's the country of Kool-Aide. If 25% name Iran and 22% say Iraq, that means 47% of Americans are still drinking the stuff.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  9. bill goverman

    Jack, Easy answer here.. the biggest threat to the United states ( oops hope im not painted as un patriotic for not capitalizing States) is the United States itself.. we are our own ticking time bomb and will destroy ourselves with the moron at the helm!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  10. Robert from NC

    China Jack...They will destroy us with out firing a shot and they know it...They have started an assault on the American economy and work place...Twenty years from today we will be nothing better than a run of the mill European country...China on the other hand will be the World leader in manufacturing, breaking all kind of business profit records...It's time for American to wake up and smell the coffee...We could loose our country and never know we were at war.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Amanda M - Chicago, IL

    I definitely think we are our own worst enemy at the moment. While we are spending millions and millions of dollars rebuilding a new country, we are causing more hatred to build among our enemies and here we are drowning in debt, slowly becoming dumber and fatter, and those in the Midwest and in New Orleans are still suffering due to natural disasters. We need to help ourselves!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  12. Keith

    What country do you think poses the biggest threat to the United States?

    Here's one some Americans wouldn't like to admit, Jack:

    An America under the misguided leadership of George W. Bush for the past 7 1/2 years is a strong argument for making America its own worst enemy and our own worst threat.

    Look at the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. Look at an economy that almost in a free fall now. Look at our national debt. Look at our education system. Look at the lack of accountability by large corporations. Look at the lack of accountability by our Gov't.

    The truth hurts sometimes, but if we don't acknowledge it, we can't fix it.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  13. Erin in Battle Creek

    I'm with the three percent who say the United States. As long as we continue to entrust our national integrity to egomaniacle cowboys like George W. and his puppetmaster Cheney we will forever be the ones holding the gun to our own head!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  14. Russ from New Wilmington, PA

    If the past 7 years show anything, they amply demonstrate that we are our own worst enemy. But it didn't have to be this way. The US has it all: an economy that draws countless immigrants (legal and otherwise), despite the current downturn, a culture that empowers both sexes and all ethnic groups, and a political system that is still the most open in the world. Yet we risked everything after 9/11 by assuming that the sympathy other nations felt then toward us would last forever. It didn't. Global leadership is a fragile and volitile thing, but we've treated it as if we were owed it by history. But we aren't owed it. This great land earned it. But now, we've squandered it.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  15. tom

    In light of what I see on the news I don't think America needs a opponent we seem to be governing ourselves to a third world nation. No jobs or bad jobs ..There are no jobs for the new millineum.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  16. Jamaal Kansas City, Ks

    We are our biggest threat it is The United States that is always crying about other Countries when we can't even solve issues in our own Country instead of focusing on what threatens us outside this Country we have focus on what threats we have here like, Our School Sytems, Adquate jobs and actually being able to afford to get a higger education, or the fact that we are so dependent on foreign oil. Jack How can Iran Be such a threat but we still by oil from them?

    April 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  17. Andy from Oklahoma

    Maybe, but lets ask a better question. Why is the Clinton campaign, that so called carees the banner for the working class, stiffing hard working people by not paying her bills? In my humble opinion this is very telling to the kind of leader and person she really is. Forty two workers in Ohio, who did work for the campaign and voted for Hillary said they made a mistake in voting for her after the way she has ignored paying them for their hard work. This isn't a guilt by association question, this is one candidate who is telling working class people I am your champion to their face and stabbing them in the back as they walk away.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Brooke

    The biggest threat to the United States are Americans who have personal agendas to force on others. Our invasion of Iraq was the work of Bush, Cheney, and a handful of their appointees. They forgot that the greatness of America is not our military might but our many freedoms in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. We serve as a beacon to the rest of the world. Forcing a democracy on other nations from a gun barrel is not the American way.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  19. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    We pose there greatest threat to ourselves. We spend more on Defense than all the other countries combined, why are they a threat?Are they going to send a missle at the USA, We have thousands to return and wipe out their whole country. Think about it.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  20. AndyZ

    China! The Chinese have students in every college/university research lab that is working on military technology. They copy the rresults and send them back to the mainland. We are, in essence, doing the R&D for the Chinese. No wonder China can loan the Bush Administration Trillions of dollars. Not only will the Chinese have the money to turn the United States into a third world debtor nation, but they are developing the military muscle to take what they want from us when the debt goes past due. Ever stop to think that MSG could be part of a Chinese conspiracy to make western man hypertensive?

    April 1, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  21. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Russia. Public opinion is often swayed by the agenda in the press and it has been unfortunately trained on Iran in recent times. While all the countries in the Axis of Evil constitutes potential treats to the US, most of them are small fries that can only scratch the surface in a conflict. Piting Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq or North Korea against the US is like confronting a real army with pebbles, and it is an insult. The only country in the world that constitutes a real threat to the US is Russia both in the past, present and future. It is important to get our priorities right by placing our risks in the right order not in the Bush order.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  22. David T., Toronto Canada


    Funny is it that simply communicating with your enemies can be so powerful. Whoever said that the US shouldn't be talking to their so-called enemies are surely full of it – and that's no April's Fool joke.

    I say so-called, because the politicians have a way ofdistorting rea

    April 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  23. Anthony

    I agree with the 3% who think America is its own worst enemy. Our foreign policy is the major reason terrorists are out to destroy us. Most of the world has been pissed at the U.S. for the past 5 years because of things the Bush Administration has done. Only now has diplomacy been implemented and things are starting to change. We need someone in the White House who will change foreign policy and polish our image back to the positive one it once was.

    London, England

    April 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  24. Rick Shultz


    China is our biggest threat!

    Think about it as an individual ... we'll have more home foreclosures and car repossessions this year than most can remember. All these folks fear their bankers!

    As a nation, we should have a similar collective fear!

    Rick Medina, OH

    April 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  25. Jamaal Kansas City, Ks

    We are our biggest threat America is destroying itself it is nothing anyone is has to do we suppose to be the best Country in the World but it is 28 million families that cannot feed there kids so they have to get assitance from the goverment instead of us investing so much time overseas we need to be in this Country improving the quality of life for all americans not just the rich and wealthy.The last 8 years of bush putting more money into the wars than putting it into alternative fuel sources or spending the money trying to ad new good paying jobs for the American People.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  26. Paul from Washington, NC

    The US is its own worst enemy because most Federal office holders lack personal integrity when they depend on polls to make a decision.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  27. Brian - Minneapolis, MN

    The United States. The government's lack of desire or lack of ability to take action on the most important issues facing the United States makes them the biggest threat to the long-term strength and security of the country.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  28. Jim Galvin


    They are building up their arms supplies and both the US and China know what lies on the horizon... or higher.

    Each has so far fired off a practice shot to prove to the other that they can do it.

    And, yes they can.

    Knocking out each others satelites. What a light show that will be. And when it's over... lights out.

    Yeah. China is the answer to your question, Jack.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  29. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mexico poses the biggest threat to the United States due to it's right of passage to anyone wanting to enter the United States.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  30. Gaz of Oz

    In ascending order:

    Australia – in water sports;

    New Zealand – in cool trilogies with breathtaking scenery;

    France – in fashionaly thin and attractive women versus hefty mall chicks;

    Britain – in retail buildings with a stuctural viability beyond fifty years;

    And last but not least:

    Canada – in knowing where exactly to put their army to fight the real enemy (Afghanistan).

    April 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  31. Brian - Trinidad

    It's Mexico.They have the largest number of citizens in this country who are more loyal to Mexico than to the USA,and we can't kick them out.If they choose to go on a civil-disobedience rampage,the country doesn't stand a chance.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  32. Baby Boomer of Michigan

    It's a toss up between China and Iran.. Personally, I worry more about China, they're buying us at a rapid rate and they are expanding their military by leaps and bounds.. Not only that, I think they're trying to kill us with their faulty products. Because of Bush, we don't have too many allies left, so it's pretty hard to rank all of the countries that don't like us anymore...

    April 1, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  33. Faith, PA

    The United States–specifically the politicians. They will self destruct just for plain stupidity and greed.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  34. Dan, Washington DC

    Hands down it is China. Let's look at the reasons:
    1. They don't like us
    2. We owe them billions of dollars
    3. We support their economy by buying their cheap products
    4. We tacitly support their human rights violations by doing 3
    5. They have a billion possible soldiers
    6. They have no problem sending wave after wave of soldiers at us until they win.
    7. They have the bomb
    8. If we were to ever get in a fight, Russia would side with them
    9. Russia also possesses 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7

    April 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  35. Robu desu, Japan

    I think China is the biggest threat to the U.S. They could easily roll over Taiwan and Tibet right now without so much as a whisper from us. Their military, economy, population is huge, and from now on they pretty much have the world in the palm of their hand. The Sleeping Dragon has awakened. And there is nothing the U.S. can do but try to be friends and allies with this great nation, if not, then God help us all.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  36. Patricia -Lexington, Ky..

    China – because we are so embroiled in that country financially; because China doesn't care about exporting poisoned food, toys, etc.Iran runs a close second in this category.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  37. Philip

    Canada of course! With our unlimited universal health care, low jobless rate and non-interventionist policies we may just suck up the best and the brightest americans who want to live in an ideal environment. Our CBC even has room for one more great Broadcaster. See you soon!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  38. Terry From California

    Jack, to be honest our Counrty is its own worst threat. Specifically, the Bush Administration! Labeling other countries the "Axis of Evil that sure goes a long way to destroying relationships. How many more countries do we have to offend before our current administration gets a clue? The only "Axis of Evil" I fear is George Bush and his Administration.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  39. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    China. Remember, it is Communist China, our enemy. We can easily deal with Iran even if they had nukes, but China is poisoning us with lead, gladly destroying our economy with the assistance of an idiot president and a do the wrong thing congress. Soon they will soak up all the oil in the world like a sponge and we won't be able to do a thing about it.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  40. J. D., New Hampshire

    We're our own worst enemies, Jack. We make war instead of peace, then wonder why the world hates us. We ship our jobs overseas, charge tax cuts for the wealthy on the Chinese credit card and wonder why our economy is tanking. Health insurance companies decide who lives and dies based on dollar signs and we wonder why our infant death rate is shameful and our longevity ranks near the bottom of the ladder. Our high school dropout rate means we're training a generation of burger flippers and we wonder why we can't compete in the world market. This country needs to look at itself in a mirror.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  41. Tom Huntington,NY

    The United States is the biggest threat. This country will collapse from within before any other country can take it down. 9/11 is a case in point. We lost 3,000 citizens that day so what do we do? We attack Iraq spending over 4,000 other lives and trillions of dollars that we don't have instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  42. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The country of George Bush and Dick Chenney. They still have 9 and 1/2 months left to drag us into another conflict and steal more from Social Security. Sad but true!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  43. Teneshia

    The county that is the biggest threat to the United States is: The United States. With a President like Bush (the W. one), it seems like we're doing a good job in destroying ourselves! ie. unnecessary war, downward economy, high unemployment rates, and a devaluing dollar. With presidents like this who need enemies!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  44. Terry in Hanover, VA

    #1 - The enemy is ourselves as the biggest threat. Specifically, I believe Congress and the Administration are our worst enemy. They are a self-interested, conniving, vindictive group of liars hell bent on getting what's best for them and their rich friends and corporate benefactors, the rest of us be damned.

    #2 - Liechenstein. No one ever hears about it and most know little about the country. Remember the Peter Seller's movie, "The Mouse That Roared"? The country we least expect will be the one to do us in while we're watching all the big ones.

    Paranoid? Yep, but that doesn't mean someone isn't out to get us.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  45. Teneshia

    The county that is the biggest threat to the United States is: The United States. With a President like Bush (the W. one), it seems like we're doing a good job in destroying ourselves! ie. unnecessary war, downward economy, high unemployment rates, and a devaluing dollar. With presidents like this who need enemies!

    Trent from Houston,TX

    April 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  46. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I feel China is our biggest threat and enemy.
    They, due to the outrageous debt owed them by our
    country, are in a position where we have no leverage
    over them. They could ruin us financially if they decided
    to demand repayment.
    Also they are increasing their armies, their wartime
    equipment and "weapons of mass destruction."
    No can stop them. No one.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  47. Barrett A. Metzler, Bearden, AR 71720

    The biggest threat to this country is THIS COUNTRY. It is not the America of faith, honesty, or reliability, It's people depend on the government for everything in their lives, yet are not willing to work for competitive wages in a global economy. It's politicians are more interested in fighting each other than serving their country.
    Perhaps, If John McCain gets in, things will change. But if Hillary or Barack get in, they will get worse and probably lead to our destruction.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  48. Shirley

    The United States

    Shirley, Ohio

    April 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  49. Anthony Cox-Minneapolis,MN

    Jack great question and most americans will get this wrong the biggest threat to the United States is two-fold, its China and Russia. Russia because they have a vote on the UN Security Council which prevents a George W. Bush style invasion of another country again and they gave the nuclear (pronounced (new clee er") Mr. Bush to Iran that we claim they have. Russia can easily assist Iran in making sure oil prices stay sky high for Americans. Russia has overwhelming need for oil as well and can convince Iran, Saudi Arabia to only sell to Russia and China who also has overwhelming need for oil. This brings me to China, they are the GoldFinger or Dr. Evil in a James Bond/Austin Powers movie and guess who is Goon #1-North Korea. Can we honestly say that a country so close to China that has nuclear weapons is runned by a man that can easily threaten China and they cannot control North Korea, I think not

    China uses North Korea occasionally to keep the US on its toes and attention diverted from what China's ultimate goal is, to invade Taiwan and reclaim under China's rule. If they do that the US would object. So China has North Korea as its enforcer. One other major thing China has is the US Economy in a Jimmy SuperFly Snukka headlock. Remember China owns all those subprime loans that are wrecking the economy and some other major debts that drive the american economy. If China wanted to it could bankrupt and cripple america without launching a single missle.

    To sum up China = Owning all US debt, having North Korea as its enforcer and having a vote on the UN Security Council to prevent US invasion of any kind against any country, having oil needs that can satisfy the middle eastern countries and limit supply to the US.

    To sum up = Russia = Arming Iran with nuclear technology, Allies with Iran and middle east countries to supply oil only to Russia and China and limit supply to the US, Vote on the UN Security Council to prevent US invasion of any kind against any country, Putin maintaining power by leaving the presidency but appointing his successor and becoming ambassador until he can run again for president to maintain old KGB rule, etc etc.


    April 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  50. Pete

    America's number one enemy: America. We spoil our environment, murder our neighbors, spend money like it grows on trees, and we have a poor and confusing election process. While we're distracted by Iran, a country we can easily defeat or conquer, we're sabotaging ourselves right on our own soil.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  51. Andy, PA

    The biggest threats to the US are sitting in the White House and those like him, sitting in corporate board rooms. They feed their greed and pursue their interests at any expense, but grow rich on the backs of others. What made the US different from most of nations was a large middle class. These "children of privilege" wave the flag and sing patriotic songs, but they are destroying this nation; they send our jobs abroad to enhance their compensation packages and stock options, or expend some of our best youth on a war to control oil and raise oil profits.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  52. Will K. San Jose, CA

    The biggest threat without question is Saudi Arabia.

    15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. They are still a primary source of funding for Al-Qaeda. The economic disparity in the country is a breeding ground for addition recruits. If any country was responsible for 9/11 is was Saudi Arabia. And what was President Bush's tough anti-terrorism response?

    Dancing arm in arm with the Saudi King.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  53. Richard Sternagel

    China without a doubt! We are indebted to her by billions of dollars and she is increasing her military!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  54. Pete from Boston


    Moldova is the biggest threat:

    1. It has the largest trade balance with the U.S.
    2. It continues to peg its currency against the dollar thus maintaining the deficit on trade balance.
    3. It steals any and all technology it can without regard to international patents.
    4. It uses its surplus funds to purchase advanced military technology.
    5. It threatens its neighbors (Ukrain and Rumania) with its new fleet of super silent submarines.
    6. It invades the southern U.S. with an army of illegal aliens posing as Mexicans.
    7. It demands reparations from Turkey for the Ottoman war and threatens to invade across the Bosphorus by 2020 if they are not paid.
    8. It continues to flood the market with sub-standard, 1950 washing machines stamped CCCP in a campaign to discredit manufactured goods made in Russia.
    9. It has a secret campaign to steal all our fresh water and other precious bodily fluids.
    10. It just elected a fool for president and that fool just took office today, April 1. Happy April Fool!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  55. Terry from North Carolina

    Mexico, 12 to 20 million mexicans are in this country illegally using up our valuable resourses, these people are still crossing our open borders every minute of every day and no one in this administration is doing anything to stop them. What scares me is none of our so called canidates for president has a plan for this issue.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  56. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    The biggest threat to the United States is ourselves. We have ruined our economy by spending BILLIONS of dollars trying to buy friendship with other countries–money that could best be spent fixing schools, roads, bridges, etc. right here at home. No country is a bigger threat to our survival that WE are.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  57. Florrie

    Dan from D.C. is dead on the money! And China is under the radar connecting worldwide links to all of our enemies: Iran and Korea and any other takers. And our superior weaponry will only protect us so far-given the changing nature of warfare. These countries, not dumb to say the least, must have a viable plan. We would do well not to underestimate them. We surely have enough enemies within ( spies, terror cells, & others w/ no allegiance to this country) to cause serious disruption at the least. Grinning in our faces and all the while plotting our downfall.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  58. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    If by country you mean the Bush administration, I agree that as Pogo says, "We have met the enemy and he is us.".

    If by country you mean the people, I believe Americans with the upcoming leadership that Obama offers, will bring this country back to greatness.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  59. Shane

    Of coruse America is it's own worst threat. You have a clueless "decider" in charge who has completely destroyed your military, globale reputation and wasted millions into an ilconceived occupation. Even Bin Laden couldn't do this much damage on his best day

    April 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  60. Mike in St. Pete, Florida

    Jack, there is no doubt, the biggest threat to the U.S is us. With friends like U.S. we don't even need enemies...and republicans LOVE enemies.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  61. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Simple. We are our own worst enemy. Bush has destroyed the military and reduced the dollar to nickel status. He has ruined the limited good reputation we used to have in the world. He has borrowed billions from Japan and China, putting us at risk economically and has totally ignored the machinations of his rich lending buddies so that we're now in a recession. The people today that say that we should leave Iraq are the same people 5 years ago that were right up there with Bush beating the war drums. No one thought through the consequences of invading Iraq and now we are paying the price. And we will continue to pay the price for generations to come.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  62. David - Las Colinas,Texas

    Follow the money Jack... If the United States owes so much money to China, then they can influence future American events. China can act; Bush and Cheney can complain; but China can then say "so". Besides, homeowners can not push their lenders around.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  63. Hoosier Values

    So ... Iraq ... a country that arguable does not exist and is protected by the US military ... is the second largest threat?

    COME ON ...

    April 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  64. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    Israel, the country with the most powerful lobby (AIPAC) that tells our president and congress when to jump and how high.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  65. Richard

    Mexico is the biggest threat to the U.S.

    With the Mexican government's nationalized oil @ $100 per barrel you would think President Calderon could establish a decent living standard for his own people instead of encouraging mass migration of undocumented workers to undermine America's middle class who are already squeezed by corporate outsourcing and predatory political policies.

    Part of the vast right wing conspiracy, no doubt.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  66. David Alexandria, VA

    Without a doubt, China represents the biggest threat to us today. I don't discount North Korea's nukes or Iran's nuke wanna-be's. But, the economic mayhem and damage which could be wrought by China is truly catastrophic. They pull the strings in a number of countries, hold massive amount of our debt, consume massive amounts of oil, spew commensurate amounts of pollution into the air. They are a secretive, repressive country going through enormous political and social change. No major country has done that without going through some massive internal upheaval. The fallout from that alone will cripple world markets for years.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  67. cj-delhi ny

    Is this a trick question? I think the biggest threat is Bush Country.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  68. Richard

    CHINA is America's biggest threat. They are communist!

    Our idiot politicians, especially the republicans seem to think China is our global trade friends.

    Hey you people in Ohio.... How do you like losing your manufacturing jobs to China??

    April 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  69. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Jack, I'll take a bite of the April fool question. We are our own worst enemy, just look at the state of the nation today. We are suppose to be the richest nation in the world. We can't even take care of our own people. Katrina, Iraq, gas prices, jobs, health care, illegal immigtants, crime rate, education or lack of it (25% graduate from high school in Detroit), Social Security going broke, and the list goes on and on.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  70. Indpendent Voter in Fort Worth, Tx

    I would say Iran since they are arming and training insurgents in Iraq.

    Kind of like Hillary and Carville. I apologize but I couldn't pass up the chance...I must be sleep deprived.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  71. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Iran is this nation's greatest threat only if the United States refuses to engage in diplomatic relations with their President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The longer we taunt them with our nationalistic ignorance, the greater the threat Iran becomes.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  72. Joan

    America of course – mainly Washington and the Corporate greed, who have profited billions since the advent of George Bush.The middle and working class are suffering, but weapons of war take priority over human suffering. Shipping jobs overseas and importing cheap products from 3rd world countries was a mistake, after all if there are no jobs here, how can people buy the foreign imports. It is a lose lose situation.
    Joan North Carolina

    April 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  73. Jerry Wilson

    The biggest threat to America is president Bush. He has done what all our advesaries through history were unable to do. Cripple our economy, destroy our global image, and weaken the military. Keeping a close eye on the president will do more to insure our security than watching other countries.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  74. Orlando in KS

    Our biggest threat is having an administration full of idiots following an idiot. Now we look like idiots to other countries for thinking about electing McCain who wants more of the same as the last Idiot.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  75. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, our biggest threat is not from abroad it's the current Administration. Let's start with, profiteering off an unjustified war, in Iraq. No one has wreaked such havoc, on our nation. Bush Policies have ignored our huge trade deficit, outsourced millions, of American jobs, ignored our border and port security and attempted, to force a bastardized comprehensive immigration reform bill down our collective throats. Iran is surely having a good laugh.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  76. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    Bush Mcain, Cheney, Limbaugh, Falwell, Condi any and all conservative republicans.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  77. Don Bezler

    Jack, I think Bush & Cheney or a BIGGER THREAT to this Country
    than bin Laden. Congress is running a close THIRD.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  78. al

    We have seen the enemy and he is us.
    Leadership without oversight in our government and financial systems, drug to war and now committed to trillions of dollars we don't have, a dollar devalued to the point that soon we'll be using pesos.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  79. Ronald

    Sadly, it is the United States which is the biggest threat to itself! Drowning in debt, trying to police the world, electing liars, bullies, and cheats to 'govern' our country. We have me the enemy . . . and it is us!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  80. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    It's China, stupid!

    April 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  81. Ronald

    Sadly, it is the United States which is the biggest threat to itself! Drowning in debt, trying to police the world, electing liars, bullies, and cheats to ‘govern’ our country. We have met the enemy . . . and it is us!

    April 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  82. Nuwan Sam

    Come on Jack. Its an easy question. The biggest enemy of this country is itself. We always try to find our enemies from outside without realizing it is our own arrogance and ignorance which has led to the peril of this once a great nation. We elect miserable leaders who ruin this country and blame everyone else for our faults. What a shame. We must look within first before looking outside.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 1, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  83. Jerry from Fayetteville TN

    It depends on what you mean by threat. China is certainly the biggest threat to our position in the world – the Chinese are going to rule economically, which has generally been the reason countries have gone to war – to get a bigger piece of the pie. They're well on their way, and they won't need war to make it happen.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  84. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    Mexico by far is the most dangerous country to the USA. They have fee access to our borders and have over 20 million citizens living in our country. They own weapons and have resources for beyond what other countries would be allowed to accumulate here. You had better learn to speak Spanish quick Jack or you will be out of a job.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  85. Taj

    We are collapsing under our own weight. Bad judgements & policies, misuse & abuse of power has economically destroyed this nation. This is an insiders job, our elected officials.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  86. Len, Colorado

    Hands down!!! We are our own biggest threat...hopefully, we can change that in November 2008. The answer is not John McCain!

    April 1, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  87. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    The country that poses the biggest threat is not Iran, Russia, North Korea, or any other country run by rogue dictators.

    The country that poses the biggest threat to us is China. The other countries may threaten us militarily, but we already have the best military in the world. We will defeat all comers.

    However, China has enormous influence on our economy. They control the vast majority of products that we buy.

    They probably won't nuke us, and even if they did, we could nuke them back. But they can nuke our entire economy, and we won't be able to strike back! Actually, I take that back. If China destroys our economy, we could always bomb all Wal-Marts!

    April 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  88. Bill, Sacramento, Ca


    it has to be China,

    we have lost huge amounts of our manufacturing base to them and we owe them billions of dollars in debts.

    If they pull the plug on this Country then we would be bankrupt.

    The greatest nation in the world bankrupt by a 3rd world country – amazing. So much for global trading.......

    April 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  89. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I hate to say it,but our greatest enemy is the United States. In the last 40 years we have watched our government sell itself out to the highest bidder,witnessed corporations sending all of our jobs and manufacturing overseas,let our government start illegal wars while doing nothing about the mass invasion of our borders and have done nothing while our schools,infrastructure and health-care system continue to deteriorate. This is like the end of the Roman Empire. Nero fiddles while Washington,D.C. burns.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  90. Nancy


    To answer you question, perhaps we should ask ourselves the reverse...who are our greatest friends. Since the list has dwindled considerably since 9/11, my vote would be that we have been our own worst enemies.

    China is decidedly an economic threat, holding so much of our war debt and profiting from our jobs sent overseas. Russia under Putin (and probably also Medvedev) is reverting to cold war policies so they also make the list. In addition, their economy is strengthening while ours is weakening. Saudi Arabia too would make my list because they also, hold lots of our debt and continue to export virulent Islam.

    If we can't find the courage as a country to make hard choices to turn our education system, dependence on oil and economy around, it doesn't matter who our external enemies might be. We'll do ourselves in.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  91. Charles in Florida

    Jack, without a doubt CHINA! Who else bombards the US with countless cyber attacks, lead tainted products and deadly medical products everyday? China is the number one counterfeiter of our products and our biggest benefactor in trade. China also stands accused by the U.S. of laundering counterfeit $100 bills made in North Korea as well. Isn't China the country that called us a paper tiger with nuclear teeth? Lets you know what they really think of us, huh? China wins number one threat to us today and tomorrow, hands down!

    April 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  92. Don Bezler

    Jack, I would reather see a person in the White House getting a B. J.
    in every room every day than one who can't tell the TRUTH
    about ENYTHING.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  93. Dick B

    I pick Cuba. If that country did not have so many loyal Republicans in Florida Al Gore would have won the 2000 election and George Bush would be baseball commissioner. If those Ricky Ricardo's vote the same in 2008 they have "some splain' to do".

    April 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  94. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    I am sure we are on some ones list of most dangerous country too

    April 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  95. Kevin- Webster, MA

    The United States of America poses the greatest threat. We are our own worst enemy. We have pissed people off for the last 20 years and we continue to do so. Until we learn to play nice, we can't expect it of others.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  96. Dwight - Scranton, PA

    The nation of Islam, with its endless supply of virgins to offer to its endless supply of terrorists.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  97. KAP

    Well, that's a hard question considering that the Bush Administration and pretty much put a great big target on the United States with his alienation of every country on this planet. However, it's a tie between China and ourselves (United States). I'm praying for an alien abduction .......ET get me off this rock!!

    April 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  98. Teddie

    We are our biggest threat, Jack. Bush and company have killed our spirit. We think we must be the world's police and we can't even keep our own kids out of prison.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  99. Cynthia,NY

    The biggest threat to the United States is the Bush Administration. Please do not tell me that I am not patriotic because I dare to question the leadership of this country. I was told that the government was for the people & by the people. But Bush & Chenny choose to ignore this & do what they like. The only country that is the "axial of evil" is the Bush Administration. The next President will have a lot of damgae control to do with the other countries.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  100. earl illingsworth

    Russia (USSR) is without a doubt the United States biggest threat. Mr. Putin will not allow the US to build the anti-missile defense system bordering his country, yes his country! They (Russian's) can show their hand just slightly by turning the spitgot's off (Natural Gas and Petroleum) to their neighbors (east, and west) who depend on their energy to basically survive "Off " at any time. This reality alone will cause great resistance when the acceptance of Russia into the "World Trade Organization"must be negotiated? Bottoms-Up Comrade.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  101. Kevin

    Jack, it has to be Lichtenstein. Who knows what goes on in that tiny country surrounded by Fort Alps. April Fools! Thanks to the Bush Clinton regimes and the huge debt we owe them, China is a huge threat. Because of our failing economy and loose border control the US has opened itself up to invasion in many ways. Scary Stuff!

    Warren, MI

    April 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  102. Vinnie Vino

    I still do not trust Mr. Putin's Russia, when I look into his eyes I see pure evil. This is a former KGB agent that wants to go back to the old days of iron fist rule of the Soviet Union and the world by one man, with acting puppets to make his country look like they have a democarcy.

    C.I., New York

    April 1, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  103. Emily Charlottesville, VA

    Jack ,America is our biggest enemy. We have elected officials that continue to make pathetic decisions that put our economy, environment, jobs, social security, health care, and educational systems at risk. We are destroying ourselves, and since our farmers are cutting back on the corn they're growing, you can't even sit back with a bag of popcorn and watch the mayhem and lunacy of it all for entertainment.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  104. Valentina in Hartford, CT

    Jack, I believe that the U.S. and Iraq are currently a dual and equal threat to this country. As long as we're over there, there will be insurgents rebelling, and as long as there are insurgents, we'll be over there. Of course, it's all the U.S.'s fault to begin with. Hopefully our next president will change that.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  105. mitchell martin ark.

    china and russia.in the last year we've been 'buzzed ' "routinely "by russian bombers,[one even flying over an aircraft carrier].china wouldn't allow our ships to dock,in bad weather,and during routine holiday leaves.they have undermined our economy ,with tainted toy's,pet foods,etc.they are hacking into our government's computers,probably constantly.they have poured millions of dollars into their military and it's being paid for by the american consumer.they appear to be much more capable than we've given them credit for,in the past.our companies are giving away our business infrastructure,for cheap labor,and bigger profits,so,my top three,in order,would be1]USA 2]CHINA 3]RUSSIA

    April 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  106. J, Wilson Tennessee

    I think that is hitting below the belt. It has nothing to do with Hillary's campaign so why keep kicking an old dog?

    April 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  107. Jarrold Taylor

    The biggest threat on America is China not excluding the collective efforts of other Asian countries. My biggest fear is the manpower of China joining forces with the technology of Japan, capped of by the bravado of the Koreans. I know it sounds far-fetched but all China has to do is continually remind Japan of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 40’s. Remind Korea of the Korean Conflict of the 50’s and all of sudden China looks like the lesser of two evils. When that’s done they fight amongst each other for what’s left. The irony is our response to China is “we’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

    April 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  108. Richard in Denver Colorado

    China, unless you count the U.S. under the Bush administration. Do I really have to explain?

    April 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  109. Dmurphy

    I'm not sure if it's a country so much as the group of people elected to run that country and in our case Enemy #1 is the one and only George W. Bush. I know everyone is excited for November but the truth is I just can't wait for January! If I never see that man's face again it'll be too soon.

    NY, NY

    April 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  110. Jessica

    China is our biggest threat economically. Their focus on science and technology sure has paid off in the long run. While our kids are falling off the bus (but not behind!) from No Child Left Behind, their kids are learning how to study and retain knowledge to use in their future. Fix the education system, fix the economic crisis.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  111. Len Larsen of Colfax, Wisconsin

    Look back at the great political cartoonist Walt Kelly. Long before he died, he had one of his characters (probably Pogo) make a statement something to the effect: “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

    How many foreign policy decisions have we made that have gotten us into trouble? How many regimes have we backed that we should not have back? Domestically, how many things have we done to ourselves or allowed to happen because we weren’t careful. Yes, we can fault the oil prices for some of our problems right now, but aren’t most of the difficulties with our economy things that we (collectively) have allowed to happen? The presidential candidates will point to some of the mortgage problems on individuals being deceptive in loan / mortgage practices because of greed. How many of our problems are because of the greed of components of our society?

    I think that Walt Kelly was absolutely correct.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  112. Jane, College Park, Maryland

    This question from a country that elected George Bush in for a second term, and would dare consider McCain for a third term?.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  113. Paul from Vancouver, USA

    It's the United States, especially the US government, which is the greatest threat to the United States. Let's get out of Iraq and start supporting true democracy at home and abroad.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  114. Bruce St Paul MN

    Canada. They may be quiet, but they are big. And talk about an unsecured border, they could creep right across the glacier into Montana. They have already infiltrated our entertainment industry. Why? Because they hate our freedom to choose our own doctor.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  115. Eddie, Quebec

    The biggest threat to America is my country: Canada

    It's big, it's cold, the flag has a big red mapple leaf that almost looks like a menacing red star. It shares the biggest unprotected border with your country. Canadians love freedom and peace. They got a socialist universal Healthcare. Canadians are less fat. They live longer. They like Hockey better that football. They know at least two languages. The beer is cooler and the women hotter.

    Gee ! Canada threatens your very way of life. When are you gonna invade it?

    April 1, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  116. Carl

    I think I agree with Brent (way up top). We're our own worst enemy. Not that there aren't people out there who would like to harm up, but our reactions to those perceived threats are as harmful as the possible results of those threats. While the WTC disaster was monumental in its scope, the resulting insults to our basic civil rights are just as monumental, yet remain unrecognized.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  117. Bonnie

    Seems to me for the last 8 years, we have been our own worst enemy!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  118. Bill in New London, CT

    Jack, the country America should be most concerned with is AMERICA! We do a great job of killing each other; we don't need help. No matter how many nukes a country has, we've got more. Mutually assured distruction keeps us all safe - though its hard to feel that way. If we stayed to ourselves, nobody would come after us. Its that easy.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  119. Rev. Bo R. Bielefeldt

    Jack, I haven't heard a whole of people suggest Saudi Arabia. Where do you think all that $110/barrel for oil comes from? It certainly ain't coming from Belgium! Furthermore, the media and the Bush crime family conveniently forget that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia. Not Iraq. Not Iran. Saudi freakin' Arabia. Same country that the Bushies have been in bed with for the past 30-plus years.

    Rev. Bo R. Bielefeldt
    Frankfort, KY

    April 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  120. Thomas Yellich

    The only country to pose the biggest threat to the USA is the USA! Just ask the question, who poses the biggest threat to the alcoholic? The alcoholic. Who poses the biggest threat to a drug user? The drug user. Who poses the biggest threat to a gambler? The gambler. Get my point. We are our own worst enemy. We as a country need to accept responsiblity for our actions and accept the consequences as well, both the good and not so good.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  121. Velle In Halifax

    CHINA! They count on everyone fearing them so much that they can behave as the international outlaws they are. While China destroys the US, with the help of our idiot government, it builds a military so huge that all the coalitions that could be formed would not deter their appetites for the Worlds resources and realestate. China has the patience of an oyster and is just "negotiating" the weakening of its target nations. Remember the "kids game" of "lets you and him fight"?
    Look closley everyone...VERY CLOSLEY!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  122. Dennis in Spokane

    Saudi Arabia because they sent the 9/11 terrorists over here and bought the current president decades ago. The Saudis control the price of gas at the pump and therefore the economy. Number 2 would be China because they own control everything else we consume other than oil.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  123. Patricia

    We're the biggest threat to ourselves. If we don't stop screwing around with other counties we are going to get our ass' kicked by everyone & soon!!!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  124. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    I noticed too many people whining how we are our worst enemy. Maybe in some symbolic ways, but we do not have nukes pointed at ourselves. I believe the question to mean who is most likely to attack us here, or abroad. I believe as long as we occupy Iraq, Iran and its neighbors are a constant threat. Until we eliminate the terrorists who run these countries, we will always be in danger of attack. So for the whiners,– Get a better job, trade in your gas-guzzler, recycle everything you possibly can, quit spending money you dont have, and vote to change things if you think it is so bad here.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  125. Gigi in Alabama

    China is definitely our biggest enemy. They are killing this country economically and Bush and his cohorts are helping them do it. It doesn't help that we have a Congress that just studidly stands by and does nothing to stop it. They do not need to go to war with us . . . just kill us with their imports.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  126. Tim, Coronado, CA

    1. China
    2. George W. Bush & Dick Cheney.
    3. Al Qaeda

    April 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  127. Bernard

    Jack, as usual, we point our fingers on other nations. We should look at ourselves in the mirror. Our defense budget is bigger than the total defense budgets of all the other nations in the world combined. We have over 700 known bases in every corner of the world. We have not stopped sending our soldiers to war since WWII. We always say that other nations hate us. Have we stopped to think why they hate us? I have to say that we are the biggest threat of the world.
    New Jersey

    April 1, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  128. Bert Oak View, CA

    The biggest threat to our country is Mexico and our open border; China comes in second.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  129. guy

    The US goverment and its corporate puppet masters are the biggest threat to this country

    April 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  130. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    The senior executives of big international corporations are a greater threat to us than any single nation. These monsters have bribed their way into and for all practical purposes control the governments of every nation in the world. They are the one's who have brought about global warming. They have polluted the land on which we live, the water we drink and the air we breathe. They have brought the oceans to ruin by over-fishing. They have instigated wars so they could profiteer and sell their weapons to both sides. They have set themselves up to be greater than any of the kings or queens in human history and have relegated much of the world to poverty, pestilence and misery.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  131. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, I don't know what country is our biggest threat but I can think of a few global problems that pose serious threat. The failure to secure the nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union countries, Global warming, world hunger, and the depletion of the world's riches including the rain forest and fossil fuels. Maybe we all need to realize the earth is like a space ship and we are all on a collision course. We need to find ways to unite the people of this country and other countries with a common goal of saving this planet, After all, it won't matter who blows us up if they destroy the world in the process.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  132. Jim

    Red China. Thanks to the current administration wasting money on duds like Iraq, they have the power to plow us under whenever they want by simply selling our debt they own. Even if they don't want to do this – too messy and may damage the goods – they will very soon control the mid-level manufacturing and most of the food processing for the US.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  133. Mary Asheville NC

    The United States; because of bush and cheney and their cronies.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  134. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    The United States is its own biggest threat. Think about, Jack. How many nuclear power plants do we have? At any time, they could have a meltdown. We ship military pieces, "by accident", to other countries. We allow companies outsource manufacturing jobs. What has happen there? Lead paint tainted toys, tainted pet food and toothpaste, etc. What's to say that China wouldn't put anthrax or other deadly materials in our kids' toy packages? We allow millions of people into the U.S. every year through our borders and reward them with our jobs and an education that could lend itself to them becoming smart terrorists. Finally, we let people like George W. Bush run our country.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  135. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    No question, the biggest threat to the United States is the United States. Our standing in the world has never been lower. We've never owed the world so much money. Our deficit is staggering and we've gone from mortgaging our children's future to mortgaging our grandchildren's future – if that's even possible. Social Security and Medicare are going bust. Our foreign policies have created many more enemies than we had before 9/11. We continue to pour enormous sums into a futile war, as well as countless pork-barrel projects.

    As for me, I'm seriously considering moving to New Zealand where the economy is fine, the country is beautiful and clean, and people are both sane and speak English!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  136. slimm

    definitely China is our biggest enemy, simply because we can't see everything that they are doing to us. Only when someone leaks out info that China had spies here in the U.S. stealing classified documents 10 sometimes 20 years ago.....it's too late by then. How much MORE in depth have they gotten since? Second is Iran. Quite frankly....if Bush could be in office another 8 years....i guarantee we'd be at war with Iran by then. Iraq is third only because the war is absolutely exhausting our armed forces to the extent we remain vulnerable here at home. A brilliant distraction tactic. We MUST get Bush out of office!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  137. James in Idaho

    Let's see Jack...
    We have a president in office who makes a claim, acts on that claim, finds out that claim was a mistake, does not admit to having made said mistake, promotes another reason for making the mistake so it will seem like less of a mistake, and this after getting "the axis of evil" all rialed up by telling one of their number he has but days to get out of his own country... and acts on it.... thus causing "the axis of evil" to find reason to throw their on the back burner agendas into high gear, and faster than we can get a handle on things.

    I'd say the country posing the greatest threat to America, IS America.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  138. Mary- Louisville, KY

    I hate to say it, but I agree with the 3% who blame the U.S. itself. We have been poking our nose into Middle East affairs (both economic and military) far too much and for far too long. We propped up the Shah in Iran which was a mistake. We supported Iraq in a war with Iran. Then we invade and occupy Iraq which is right next door to Iran.

    No one mentioned Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons, but we have supported the wrong person there too. It seems funny to me that we are supposedly trying to spread democracy but our best allies in the Middle East (besides Israel) are dictators and princes, like the Saudis and Emerates.

    As for China, we are helping them to take complete economic control of the U.S. whenever the mood strikes them. As for Russia, we have made many recent diplomatic mistakes.

    The thing that has scared me the most, in the past few years, was the meeting in Cuba by many enemies of the United States. I think we are really going to pay someday for our "high handedness". We desperately need a leader who doesn't continue these past policies of making enemies.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  139. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    That is an easy one Jack.

    The greatest threat to this or any other country is the current criminal Bush administration.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  140. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, on a serious side "Russia" they have been on the down low for awhile. We have been fighting with our selfs since the start of America but on the real world everyone esle is behind that quite enemy

    April 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  141. William Sanford, NC

    Your question needs to be more specific. There are countries which are threats to the United States government and there are countries which are threats to the American citizens. Any country that disagrees with our federal government is classified as a threat. The foreign countries that inflict the most pain and damage to American citizens are Mexico and Washington, DC.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  142. Chuck in Alabama

    Wal Mart. Next question.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  143. viviano

    I believe it to be China. How much do we owe them, we owe even the money we are giving out to every tax payer this year to shore up the economy to China. Economicaly they have us. How did that happen?

    April 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  144. Jerry

    Our biggest enemy is ourselves. With the idiots we have in Washington giving away our manufacturing jobs, giving the wealthy hugh tax breaks, keeping us in a war that should never happened and spending us into debt so deep that we will never see the daylight. We are on a path of self destruction.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  145. Karen - Branson MO

    I don't think it's as simple as you put it. I think China, Iran and North Korea are on equal footing and our Bush administration (even the Bill Clinton administration) letting our country become "vulnerable" is inexcusable.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
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  147. Todd- State College, PA

    Our biggest long-term external threat is both terrorism, for the obvious reasons, and China for a reason unaware to many Americans. Many Americans aren't aware of the potential impact of foreign government holding of U.S. treasury securities. Our treasury debt to China is nearly 500 billion dollars. The Congressional Research Service prepared a report for Congress in January of this year that outlined the implications of our treasury debt to China. Among the implications outlined in that report are that China may use its U.S. treasury holdings "as leverage against U.S. policies it opposes". The report also stated that, "some economists contend that attempts by China to unload a large share of its holdings U.S. securities holdings could have a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy (at least in the short run)especially if such a move sparked a sharp depreciation of the dollar in international markets and induced other foreign investors to sell off their U.S. holdings as well". We should be concerned about Chinas increasing defense spending as well, but one cannot underscore the vulnerability of our economy to Chinas influence and our debt position.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  148. Dan

    It depends on what kind of threat against the U.S. your talking about.

    Is it any coincidence that since "Dubya" Bush took office, oil prices have skyrocketed? Bush a former oilman himself and his family I'd say are the biggest threat to the U.S.!! They're adminsitration is a whole country by themselves!

    If its a military threat, then I'd say its probably Iran whose snubbing of UN sanctions and despite worldwide public condemnation, quietly continues on building up their nuclear weapons program. Military-wise I'd say they're probably our biggest threat to the U.S.

    North Korea should still be looked at carefully since they already have nuclear weapons and continue to iaunch missiles on an itermittant basis all in the name of "self-defense."

    As far as economic threats to the U.S. go, I'd have to say China is the biggest threat along with Saudia Arabia and other oil-rich nations.
    We still have a massive trade deficits with China which every year gets bigger; and if that's bad enough we keep importing defective and dangerous products from them ranging

    Saudi-Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and other oil-rich nations are sure profiting i U.S. oil companies with record-setting oil barrel prices; threatening our very pocketbooks by shelling out ridiculous gas prices which cut deep into the budgets of truckers and regular drivers alike.

    Dan the Man!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  149. Mike, Connecticut

    China, Jack ,China They single handedly control our economy, our safety and our unemployment rate, what they say goes because we have let ourselves become dependent on them. If they decide some goods need to cost more then we, the middle class, is forced to pay it since we need goods, if they choose to not enforce safety regulations then we get lead poisoning from unsafe paint, if they open more factories then we lose more jobs. Imagine what things will be like for me when i have to start worrying about college in the next two years.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  150. Jim, Honolulu

    Never forget that in this era of globablism, the greatest threat is probably not national but cultural, such as the World Media or Trans-national Corporations...Only a united Europe ( if they ever decide to actually do anything) and an East Asian bloc could exceed us in economic and military might, and both are as much cultural as political entities.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  151. Annie, Atlanta

    We are definitely the biggest threat to ourselves. We stopped caring for each other, our politicians stopped caring for us, and greed and selfishness seem to be leading the way, with a little "I want it all and I want it now," sprinkled in for good measure.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  152. Carlos C.

    You know, part of the bitterness Americans have with China seem to come from all those recalls that were happening there for awhile. Unlike others though I don't blame China, I blame those Companies who've chosen to get there things produced and manufactured there. It's THEIR responsibility to make sure those things met-up to the standard of the US and THEY are the ones who should be getting all this bad publicity. China is no peice of heaven but lets put the blame where it belongs.

    The moment all these recalls started happening at the rate they were, our congress should have proposed a bill stating that companies would recive ONE warning, if after that they failed to mantain standards then they would be suspended from doing business in the US for a said amount of time. Fines haven't worked, but suspensions I believe would light a fire under their ass.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  153. Bruce from Sugar Loaf, NY

    Jack – that is an easy one...we ahve seen the enemy adn that enemy is us.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  154. Carlos C.

    Oh and the biggest threat seems to be ourselves at this point sadly...

    April 1, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  155. Dwayne (Atlanta)

    The country which scares me most is the United States. Insider trading, a corrupted Congress, a senile Senate and special interest groups. One only have to wonder when the other shoe will fall off. Wait, I know the answer to that.....Its when McCain becomes president.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  156. Bert, San Juan PR

    China is our greatest threat. They are becoming an economic juggernaut that has been feeding off of our wealth through unfair trading practices and outsouced jobs, now we compete for gas and other resources like never before and they are just commencing their ascent. They posses also nearly limitless troops should conflict arise, along with an advanced and well organized military.

    Other than that however, I would call Mexico a close second due to the massive illegal immigration it originates that leaks so much money across the border and leaves so many US workers unemployed.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  157. Andy Laub

    Jack: The United States

    April 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  158. ozie from ct

    Jack you got to be kidding me, the united states is its own worse enemy hands down.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  159. Stavan Desai

    The United States of America. I love my country, but it is making the world more unsafe. The US has gotten too wrapped up in the notion that is better then the rest, and as such has become the guy in school that nobody likes because he acts superior and bosses everyone around. That guy usually ends up alone at the end of the day.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  160. Madeline

    Jack, that is simply none of your business!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  161. Mike (St. Louis)


    China is our biggest enemy. Anyone who doesn't realize that is oblivious. They have their missiles aimed at Taiwan and as soon as they go off there is going to be a war. We have already pledged to defend the island. I'm a 22 year old college student and I fear that I will see war with China before I am 35 years old.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  162. Ed


    I don't think it is a country, it has to be Crawford, Tx. unless you call Tx. a whole other country.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  163. Joe in California

    The biggest threat to the US is itself...

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  164. Derek W.

    The biggest threat to the U.S. is the U.S. as long as George Bush is president.....thank God for term limits. Bye bye George.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  165. Jesse

    DUH! China... We might not think of them as a military threat, but if we continue to borrow from them and let them control a large portion of our economy they will eventually OWN us...

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  166. Dave M

    I have seen the enemy, and it is us.

    All one has to do is look at the current administration's blunders, the war in Iraq, the fallout from our subprime greedfest, our staggering 10 trillion dollar national debt and consumer debt, our failure to promote a proactive national energy policy following the Arab Oil embargo in the 1970s, etc., etc.

    We are our own worst enemy.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  167. jaymzz

    washington d.c.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  168. Norman Townsel III

    Without a doubt, the United States government.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  169. Ray Kinserlow

    Hell, Jack, I thought we were everybodies' friend. What's the State Department been doing the last seven years?

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  170. Dee - Atlanta

    China of course. They are the sleeper country. Evidence can be found in the goods they provide to us. They have little concern for our welfare. All the while they get richer while we import more then we export with China. Not to mention the high debt we have with them. But don't worry, leave it up to the gool ole US to negotiate the best way we know how. They will just sell off some of our weapons that China will eventually use to attack. Go figure! Hence Bin Laden. Take Heed!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  171. Jimmy D. From Miami, FL.

    Florida and Michigan!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  172. Since you asked

    The biggest threat to our country is.... the current administration!
    Without a doubt, our current leader has been the worst offender.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  173. Alex

    Canada... Let's just invade it and get it over with!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  174. doris bell

    china is the biggest problem, someone said once "let china sleep, for if she wakens the world will weep:".....time the us payed attention to their military buildup....they are not doing it for the fun of it...

    April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  175. Zekda

    I think the United States itself poses the biggest threat. It seems the path they are heading down is a self destruction mode rather than a threat any of these countries can pose to the USA itself.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  176. Kel Gallagher

    "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
    – Abraham Lincoln

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  177. M. E. Pascagoula, MS

    China, they own us.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  178. Tyler Henderson Independence, kansas

    Well, Jack I think the biggest threat to our country is our oldest threat. No, not the Germans....yes I do mean ENGLAND, we all know they are eager to reclaim their land in the name of the Queen. Happy April Fools day!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  179. L. Kiser

    Just like every other country that turns into an empire, America's greatest enemy is ourselves. As long as we continue to try to be the world police, elect corrupt rich people to public office, and trade in our society's values for immediated gratification, it's only a matter of time till the Vandals come our way.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  180. Daniel

    Ourselves. I think we are misunderstanding the intentions of China and Russia, and they, like most other countries, would be friendly towards us if we weren't acting solely on the bitterness of our 9/11 wound. Likewise, Iran and North Korea would not be nearly as large a threat if it were not for our (or rather, the current administration's) belligerence.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  181. Erik in Maine


    In Pakistan we're one well placed car bomb away from Islamic extremists having nuclear weapons.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  182. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    My next door neighbors are our biggest threat: they repair their computers in India, buy their toys from China, buy their carbon-based autos from Japan/Korea/Germany/France/Italy, pay their lawns-keeper with cash, tip in cash, and water their lawn.

    The enemy is among us and I don't even live anywhere near Washington D.C.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  183. Martha D

    The country posing the biggest threat to the US would be MEXICO, Jack. While the US government tries to spook citizens with threats of spectral terrorists from far off lands...Mexico has been steadily waging war in its silent but deadly invasion of the United States.Martha D

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  184. Da'ud X Mohammed


    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  185. Justin (Texas)

    The biggest threat to our country is within the country its self and our goverment. We are our own worst enemy.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  186. Mira

    I believe Israel is United States biggest threat.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  187. Lois Wade

    Jack, we are our own worst enemy, period.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  188. anita ames

    Our government leaders and corporations are the biggest threat and have been for quite some time. It's time for them to step up and get us back to a proud nation!

    Richland, Or

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  189. Ed Morris

    It's got be Washington D C there out to get us all

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  190. Chris Long Beach, MS

    I think that we (the USA) are are own worst enemy, this country is giving more and more of our resources to other countries, and we are the "Great White Hope" to every country that suffers some form of disaster.
    Why not think globally, but act locally, why do we have to be the saviour of the planet?

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  191. Lauren

    Its America hands down! If I could really vote for WHO is the greatest threat my answer to that would be president bush.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  192. Alphonso - Naperville, IL

    Jack China because they have the resources, money and enough hatred from the past. They have sought out to own america by buying everything in sight in this country.
    They are poised with weapons of mass destruction!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  193. John Johnson

    I may be a Chiner whiner, but ten billion Pandas scare the heck out of me!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  194. Tony

    What idiot decided to include South Korea on this list? I don't understand... I'm sure I wasn't the only one who saw that on CNN. However, the biggest threat comes from China, no question about it. Maybe not NOW, but in time...

    April 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  195. Paul Minnesota

    George Bush and the Congress of the United States are our biggest
    enemy. The are also the biggest threat to the rest of the world.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  196. Jason

    I think just about every country on earth fears the United States. Unfortunately, I am inclined to agree with them :/.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  197. George G


    unquestionably the biggest threat to America Is "Bush's Policies" and by extension McCains proposed continuation of them .

    Smile you're on Camera

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  198. bobpensacola

    Our enemy is Big Oil and its control of our military. I'm a vet and a journalist. Bush and Cheney invaded to privatize this oil reserve and make trillions and trillions in oil contracts. I'm going with OUR CORPORATE WAR MACHINE with the aid of the CIA/WTO is our biggest enemy. Irag has no navy, no air force, no missile system, no aerial defenses and a ragtag army we last armed to fight Iranians. They aren't and they never were a threat to us. We either wallow in fear and racist hate or we rally as always with or will to survive and innate creativity. Just give us our technology and get out of the way. Respectfully, bob

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  199. Robert

    Our biggest corporations that send jobs offshore and have all their products made in China rank Number One as our worst enemy.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  200. Tom Allen

    Mexico, China and India for all the Jobs lost to these "PARTNERS".

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  201. Pete Patterson

    Jack, I think that Israel is the greatest threat to the US. The day they decide to uncork their military on Iran, all Hell will break loose!

    Lafayette, LA

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  202. Tom in Minnesota

    Unequivocally it's US. We squander the world's resources, act like the world's policeman and what's worse, we are under the mistaken belief that we're entitled to this behavior because we're the USA. A line comes to mind from Bill Murray in the comedy "Stripes"..."We're the USA...we're 10 and 1!" We're about to be 11 and 2, or 3, or 4.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  203. Jim Mills

    The country that poses the greatest threat to the U.S.? Why it would be that country bumpkin George Bush

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  204. Davy

    America's biggest enemy is our hat and by that I mean Canada! Who knows what they're secretly thinking! No but in all serious Americas biggest threat is our own government. The American people are fine its all the government thats eating its own head.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  205. Tim Doyle

    Jack, as an 18-year old first time voter, I can and will be able to clearly make a decision that will contain the United States from its biggest potential enemy: The United States of America...led by a Democratic president.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  206. Bruce Marshall

    Jack with all the money they are putting into their military and how hard they are working for High Tech. Items it is China

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  207. jeff epstein

    I don't think ANY country is a high priority threat to the US. My suggestion would be to beef up our defenses, and make our security organizations (CIA, DEA, etc.) more accounable for our security. Build the fences and don't worry that the ranchers don't want the fences, but hire the same illegals.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  208. Carlo

    1- China / Russia
    2- Iran/Israel
    3- Venezualla/ N. Korea

    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  209. Douglas Kandora

    Russia, we have fogotten about them. They have not forgotten about the cold war and still play threatening games with the U.S. with all of their aircraft stunts. They still have a strong military and we need to make sure whoever is in office over their that they love democracy, because they would make either the best of allies or the worst of enemies.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    1- al-Qaeda (they still exist Democrats)
    2- China
    3- Iran

    Let me remind you Jack and the American people that we are no longer at war WITH Iraq. We are at war IN Iraq.

    We defeated Saddam in 3 weeks.
    Now we have to clean up the mess al-Qaeda has unleashed on the Iraqi people. Last I checked we were trying to HELP the Iraqi people.

    Don't let the Democrats fool you into thinking they will sweep in and save the day by ending the super-evil Bush war.
    Wars have 2 sides and just because we pull out does NOT mean that al-Qaeda will ever stop.

    Lets finish this fight while we are there so we do not have to go back some day.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  211. Eric

    If you phrase the question as who is the biggest enemy, I would say it is easily Iran. However, China is hands down the biggest threat. They have the power to crush us both economically and militarily. We may have state of the art equipment, but if they start nailing our satellites, they have over a billion people ready to go. The surge of their economy (which it will continue to do) is also part of the reason as to why ours is floundering. Not only that, but our two governments have exactly been the best of friends lately.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  212. Michael

    China the sleeping dragon of the west is going to be by far one of the worst enimes of the United States in the near future. But as of right now in the present we have to tread lightly around our current worst enemy Iran.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  213. michael

    It's China!!
    We owe them money and we can't afford
    to pay it back. They might want to collect.
    By the way what did bush use for collateral?

    April 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  214. Eric (State College, PA)

    If you phrase the question as who is the biggest enemy, I would say it is easily Iran. However, China is hands down the biggest threat. They have the power to crush us both economically and militarily. We may have state of the art equipment, but if they start nailing our satellites, they have over a billion people ready to go. The surge of their economy (which it will continue to do) is also part of the reason as to why ours is floundering. Not only that, but our two governments have exactly been the best of friends lately.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  215. Steve Johnson

    It's not a country. It's not an ideology. It's not a fascist. It's not a army, or a government that I'm afraid of. It's the human race itself. Our species inability to curtail our own breeding habits is the biggest enemy of all.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  216. Doug


    Ahmadinejad is a madman, so Iran is the biggest short-term threat. However, China poses the greatest long-term threat.

    Gilmanton, NH

    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  217. Tom in Uxbridge, Canada

    How can 22% of Americans think Iraq is your biggest threat? Don't they know you run Iraq now?!?

    Clearly the biggest threat to the United States is....


    As more Americans learn about our health care system more Americans want to move here – eventually you'll all be here!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  218. Lou Dobbs

    Jack, this is the easiest question you've asked all year,

    Our Biggest threat is MEXICO !!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  219. A. H.

    It's Israel Jack and its lobbyists AIPAC. (and no I am not anti-semitic. There is a difference between Zionism and Semitism). We are in Iraq for Israel and Israel now wants US to attack Iran to protect her.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  220. Cynthia Swanson

    None of the above, Jack. Thanks for asking, but I think that Pakistan is the biggest threat, at least for the moment.

    Just finished reading your book, and it is indeed getting ugly out there. Thanks for a great read!


    April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  221. Cassandra

    China - they are a threat in terms of both its economic and military might, nuclear capability and the lack of security intelligence about this country. Most disturbing is that America has put itself in a position of possibly needing them more than they need us.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  222. irene mcneill

    I think chinas our biggest threat, she now owns us!! Thanks to the present administeration.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  223. dawn from carrollton ga

    Call me stupid, but with gas prices like these, the oil execs making $2 profit on every gallon of gas ought to be in somebody's crosshairs. I wish we had troops at the hearing on Capitol Hill today. IN the infamous words of Sinead O'Connor: fight the real enemy

    April 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  224. James W. Blevins

    Clearly, we are our own worst enemy. We are trying to control the entire world and trying to force Bush's values on them. We are destroying our economy by trying to use military force to effect our imperialism. We are doing everything that we can to make everyone hate us with our massive killings and violations of human rights. We are destroying the very character of our country with home land security. Given our huge economy and huge military, no one else poses a significant threat to America.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  225. Eddie and Kristie, KY

    North Korea poses a biggest Threat to The U.S because of their Great Dis-trust and Dis-liked of all American's.. They also Pose the Biggest Threat to us from the Nuclear Capability that they are trying to gain from all the Tests and Projects that are going on in their Country right now.. We need to take Action against them to keep them from gaining Nuclear Wepons to keep not only us Safe but all of the World..

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  226. Steven Botti Brewster, New York

    I find it hard to believe that Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Syria are not high in those polls. Out of those mentioned; however, I believe Iran poses the greatest threat at the current time given the situation the Bush Administration has put us in with Iraq. The war in Iraq has stretched our military thin, dissolussioned our citizens, and weakened our global reputation and alliances. As a result, countries like Iran have been able to fuel radical Islam and state sponsored terrorism. We are essentially a country on fire using gasoline to put out the flames.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  227. Sean Murphy

    I feel that China poses a large threat to the United States. Most of the US debt belongs to China and in many global affairs, China has not alined itself with US policy.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  228. Bill

    Jack, on a serious side “Israel”
    they have been on the news for awhile. We have been fighting for them since the end of world war 2
    and until today they did not take care their own problems in the middle east and dragged us to their..
    it took us almost 8 presidents and still no progress..

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  229. Ronald

    Jack; come on you, you are sharp, know the answer to this!
    The country that poses the greatest threat to the freedom and future well being of all Americans is;
    Washington D.C.
    Some how we have to bring these errant folks back into the Union or the America we have know is doomed!
    Santa Monica, CA

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  230. Gilda

    Mexico is the biggest threat to the US and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why. We are subsidizing Mexico as millions of illegals send money back home; we are supplying these same milions with free health care, housing, food stamps and education even as our economy reels under the impact of supporting non income-tax paying people who drain our economy, divide our country,and don't really give a peso, because they feel entitiled.

    With "friends"like Mexico, who needs enemies? They are destroying us from within.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  231. David - Charleston, SC

    The U.S. IS the greatest threat to itself and that is evidenced by the unwinding of the very fabric of our economy and our place in the world. With the war mongering executive branch, we have so angered the world and the world order, that every nation is giving us just what we deserve - a slow undoing of ourselves. Thank you George Bush and the GOP for an unwarranted war and for pissing off ALL of humanity as your gross conduct on the world stage. So yes, we have to be the greatest threat to ourselves.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  232. Raymond

    It is the United States. Since we have allowed the Big corporations, the lobbyists and the crooked politicians to tell us what to do instead of us ,The American People, setting America"s agenda. I say throw all the bums out that you can in this election and prosecute the crooks that are in office now.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Ben

    The banking policy of Cayman Islands costs the US an enormous amount of tax revenue. I was surprised to read that the Cayman Islands are British Overseas Territory.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  234. Marcel Guay

    Canada, we have oil, uranium, lumber, water, money, banks and educations, and we're still harboring Vietnam-era draft dodgers. Not to mention borders even more porous that yours with Mexico.

    from Canada

    April 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  235. andrew(canada)

    the largest threat to the US is probably russia.they are just waiting for you guys to make a bad move and then they will be all over you! watch your back guys! go Obama go!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  236. Anita, Indiana

    The biggest threat to not only US but also the entire peace in the world is the Islamic Republic of Iran and should be stopped as soon as possible.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  237. CarolAnne-Exeter,NH

    Mexico has done far more REAL damage to this country since the Reagan years than the so-called Axis of Evil countries combined. The costs to America of all those illegal aliens is vast and not just financially. If something is not done about this invasion and the breaking of our laws with impunity, it will be the downfall of this country. America as we know it is being sacrificed on the altar of the North American Union for the benefit of a few, and the detriment of many.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  238. bob kelley

    Taiwan is the biggest threat to the U.S. Their interrelation with the republic of china will draw us into war as soon as they duke it out.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  239. Nickolas

    I think I would have to agree with the 3% and say The US, is probably the biggest threat. Where do the most politically influencial people reside,well here obviously, Any poltically influential person outside of the United States(and our close allies) Is either defamed as a cook, and/or killed. Plus the way the current govermental establishment is handling things, Its odd to think that the only superpower in the world, at the moment cant keep their citizens happy.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  240. vince nizzardi, new Jersey

    jackzilla, people will rush to say "we" are our oun worst enemy. Not true. Most of us are hard working Americans, who have played the game honestly. No , it's not the average American, it's the greedy executives, at the helm of big business, together with our elected officials, who have sold out this country, for a buck. By now we can all see that it doesn't matter if this great land of ours is totally devistated, and destroyed, as long as these companies can get rich/ richer. Their attitude toward us is too bad your loosing your home/job, were getting richer. Jack, I challenge you to begin gathering, and posting lists, of elected officials who have sided with big business, on specific issues, when they should of supported the people. Track each issue, how they voted, and post it, so they can explain to us, exactly why they did so. Then we can make sure we get them right out of office, in disgrace. Post their pictures, and what they did, for all to see.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  241. Rachel in Nebraska

    Once the lid gets blown on how severely the Bush administration has swindled the American people I think we are in danger from every country who's going to be dragged down with us. In this global economy we are increasingly interdependent, and the rest of the world is going to begin feeling the effects of our current economic recession. Not to mention our enormous debt that's growing exponentially the longer we remain at war with a bunch of ghosts.

    When the poo hits the ceiling fan this whole thing is gonna blow up in our faces. The whole world, including our current allies, are going to be completely livid. They already don't like us very much, and I'm sure they seriously question our judgement as it is.

    Cut corporate loopholes, tax the crap out of companies who outsource labor, eliminate our trade defecits, and use our money for more useful things than bombs. Like building hospitals and schools in countries that need them, rather than turning what little infrastructure they have into rubble. We're creating more enemies every day, and they are becoming increasingly elusive.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  242. Julius Herzfeld

    China is our worse enemy or we have been lied to for years.We fought a war in Korea,Viet Nam and the cold war for years to deter communism,now we embrace communism in China. China support Islamic terroism Bushism support them all The most dangerious men who have lived in my life is MC Carthy and Bush.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  243. Niel Patel

    The biggest threat to US is DoD, CIA, FBI and all the acronomes we have in this country. And the biggest threat of all is our own leaders in White House.

    And I don't see that changing anytime soon. 🙁

    April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  244. Bill Schmanke

    What country poses the biggest threat to the U.S.? That's easy, Jack..... Bush Country. And that includes its adopted sons... Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfawicz.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  245. Lou Dobbs

    Jack, this is the easiest question you’ve asked all year,

    Our Biggest threat is MEXICO !!

    P's – i'll explain at 7 ('_')

    April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  246. joseph idicula

    jack,i consider dick chaney and georgebush tobe #1 enemies followed by our elected politicians and then followed by communist china

    April 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  247. Tim Northrup

    Whether we want to believe it or not, China is our biggest threat. They may not necessarily be our enemy, but as is proven by the incidents in Tibet this past week, China doesn't share our values. China has been historically a very strong country, the last hundred years or so are an anomaly. If we want to maintain our world power status, we have to reduce our dependance on their products and money by diversifying our national portfolio of goods and regaining fiscal responsibility (ie higher taxes, lower spending, or both).
    Hays, KS

    April 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  248. Pat

    We Americans are our own worst enemies, by selecting our government and then believing everything they tell us!

    April 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  249. Ed Murkovich, Virginia City, NV

    The United States is its own greatest enemy. It has allowed bin Laden and Zawahiri to remain free after 9/11, free to plot another attack, as Bush and McCain try to convince us that our involvement in Iraq is protecting us. We continue to trade valuable information and material to China, poltentally the greatest danger to the entire world. We outsource jobs and import cheap labor, to the detriment of our economy and working class citizens Our president uses fear to convince us that we must abrogate our constitutional rights. And the neo-cons have convinced too many people that having all Americans with health insurance will bring about socialized medicine, something to fear, although most Americans couldn't even define socialism

    April 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  250. Jeff Tautges

    China is the most dangerous nation on earth. The only thing more dangerous than an under-regulated expansionist, Imperialistic Capitalist nation is a non-regulated, expansionist, Imperialistic Communist Capitalist nation. China is helping to ruin our economy by proxy via Wal-Mart and others. Further, they are currently engaged in a rapid build up of their military might. They are also competeing for the high ground in space. If you think the cold war with the former Soviet Union was costly, consider that we weren't buying much of anything from them. Yet we are pretty much financing China's attempt to become a super-power. They are becoming more and more arogant as they become more and more militarily moderdized, industrialized and capitalized.
    Jeff (Montana)

    April 1, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  251. Jennifer in Plano, Texas


    all we have to do is look within to find the biggest threat to ourselves. It is up to us (the American people) to set everything straight that has gone astray.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  252. Bea, Connecticut

    Number 1 is Pakistan; they offer refuge and training camps for Al-Queda and Bin Laden. I am surprised they were not on the list. I agree with Iran being 2nd; arming rebels in Iraq. Also not on the list but , in my opinion, #3, Venezuela; they are licking their lips awaiting their turn at us.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:33 pm |