Barack Obama was Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2012. He was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. It certainly doesn’t seem to be the case in 2013.
The Associated Press, coming to Obama’s rescue on the Snowden affair, claimed that the reason Snowden couldn’t find a country to flee to was because of Obama’s considerable influence in the world.
Since then the United States hijacked and searched a Bolivian plane because Obama thought Snowden was on it, causing outrage in our Southern Hemisphere. Then Venezuela and Nicaragua countered by offering Snowden asylum.
Putin continues to play games with Obama as he allows Snowden to stay in the “transit” area of a major Russian airport, pretending Snowden is not in Russia if he’s in the airport. Prior to that, China made fools of us.
So much for that Russian reset in relations or our letting China break into our infrastructure unscathed.
The NSA scandal reached into Europe when Snowden revealed that we were spying on them as well. Obama’s flippant attitude towards it angered our European allies.
The Europeans see it as our arrogance when he makes statements like, “[I] guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders.”
When he threatened to take Ecuador’s trade agreement away, the new president told him to ‘keep his money.”
It doesn’t stop there of course. Obama’s closeness to Muslims was supposed to bring the United States closer to the mid-East. Recent polling shows we are more unpopular than ever in the mid-East.
Egypt, once an ally, has protesters from all sides marching with signs condemning Barack Obama and the Ambassador Anne Patterson. Can you blame them? He was friends with Mubarek until the Brotherhood came along and then he supported them.
Now that Morsi is out, he is still pushing for Brotherhood involvement in their affairs, angering the people who do not want a dictatorship under Morsi.
The Brotherhood hates him as well. They see the US and Israel as the enemies.
Photo of sign held by Egyptian protesters: Obama and Patterson support terrorism in Egypt
Obama told the Egyptian army to not oust Morsi and they did. He told them not to arrest Morsi and the Brotherhood leaders and they did. He told them to remain peaceful and they’re not listening. He threatened to take their aid away but that’s an empty threat since they can counter by closing down the Suez Canal and stop policing the Sinai Peninsula.
When Obama visited Ireland, he told them to close down their Protestant and Catholic schools to achieve peace. That went over well after they spent millions to protect and entertain him and his family.
We always have Africa, don’t we? He went there last week and told the president of Senegal to allow gay marriage, disrespecting their Christian beliefs. In Johannesburg, he told the citizens of this developing nation to live in small houses without air conditioning. When George Bush was there, he offered a vision for an Africa without AIDS. That vision is coming to pass thanks to Bush. Obama offered to allow a handful of African students to study in the United States.
Obama has limited vision which is proving to not be very helpful to the United States.