Ben Shapiro

For his part, Obama showers friendliness upon these sycophants. Obama has repeatedly stated that he wishes to negotiate with Iran, and he has clearly implied that military action against Iran is off the table; he has already blessed Iran’s “peaceful” nuclear program and he refuses to OK sanctions against Iran even in the aftermath of the ayatollahs’ crackdown on the Iranian population. Obama has elevated terror sponsor and Lebanon-rapist Syria to high international rank, with envoy George Mitchell declaring that Syria has “an integral role to play in reaching comprehensive peace.” Obama deigned to rest his holy presence on stage in Cairo, Egypt, granting that despotic regime a legitimacy it does not deserve. Anti-Semite extraordinaire Jimmy Carter has met repeatedly with Hamas -- and with Obama, presumably carrying Hamas’ handwritten instructions. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have already feted China for its role in propping up the U.S. economy. Obama famously “reset” relations with Russia. And Obama kowtowed to the Europeans, stating that Americans failed to respect their “leading role in the world.”

For his troubles, Obama has gotten a stocking chockfull of coal. Iran’s military-directed nuclear program continues apace; the Iranians recently selected/elected President Ahmadinejad again, despite Obama’s direct appeals to the Iranian people. Syria continues to support Hezbollah. Egypt announced this week that it would never accept the existence of the State of Israel. Hamas announced that they would not accept any of Israel’s positions. China is supporting the North Korean regime despite North Korea’s threats of nuclear war. Russia is undermining Eastern European security. And the Europeans have refused to help our efforts in Afghanistan.

We have a president who is “loved” and a country that is held to international scorn. Does anyone miss a time when America was respected and our president disliked?

Machiavelli asked whether it was more important for a prince to be loved or respected. “(M)en loving according to their own will and fearing according to that of the prince,” wrote Machiavelli, “a wise prince should establish himself on that which is in his own control and not in that of others; he must endeavor only to avoid hatred, as is noted.” When a prince -- or a world leader -- endeavors to be loved rather than feared, he falls into the trap of attempting to please everyone. That is Obama to a T. He is more interested in applause than freedom or American security.

Just because the world community mouths support for Obama doesn’t mean they’ll stand behind America. Or perhaps they will stand behind America -- in order to plunge a knife deep between our shoulder blades. Either way, Obama doesn’t truly care, as long as the world keeps telling him how wonderful he is.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
TOWNHALL DAILY: Be the first to read Ben Shapiro's column. Sign up today and receive daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.
©Creators Syndicate