Every so often I will come out with a critical comment about US culture - I'll be making several tomorrow morning at the Learning Church - but I should put on record that:
a) I really admire the United States in many different ways;
b) I think very seriously about emigrating there - but only after they've woken up to Peak Oil;
c) I think the US is going to go through hell for the next fifteen years or so, but it will come out of it on the other side much stronger and more resilient. Whereas some other cultures - like the Middle East - will just get flattened;
d) Todd Beamer exemplifies something for me - what I admire about the culture of the States, and what I despise about my own civilisation.
For more on this, have a read of Neil's post which I strongly agreed with, and this one.