Freedom on the march? We're spreading liberty and democracy? We're a beacon of freedom for the world? All the world loves us today, right Howie?
'Yes, definitely, the opinions are changing,' said Ismail Baykus, 45, at the door of his stationery store in a middle-class Istanbul neighborhood. 'Based on what we hear and see in the press, the Americans talk one way and then act another, especially when they say they will bring stability and peace to a region.'
"They're all lies!" shouted an elderly fruit seller standing nearby. "All lies!"