Even in Indonesia, where Mr. Obama spent part of his boyhood, the U.S. support has declined from 75% to 64%. And in Kenya, where Barack Obama has family ties, backing of the United States has fallen off from 94% to 83%.
Russia, interestingly, is more supportive of the U.S. today than it was in 2000. That may be because President Bill Clinton was bombing Russia’s Slavic ally, Serbia, in 1999, and today we are paying for the modernization of Russia’s obsolete nuclear stockpile. Russians probably also appreciated the fact that when the Obama administration caught ten Russian spies here, we sent them home on the next first class flight and didn’t even let TSA manhandle them.
Liberals made much of the supposed unpopularity of the United States in the world community and blamed President George W. Bush for that. They claimed that Bush’s “Texas swagger,” his “I’m the decider” comments, and his Bush Doctrine were to blame for a negative U.S. image in the world.
Just give us President Obama and the sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar.
They got that bottom dollar part right. We gave billions in foreign aid in the only shovel-ready projects this administration could find. Obama is giving our money to the UN Fund for Population Affairs and to International Planned Parenthood. These outfits are heavily implicated in forced abortion and compulsory sterilizations in the Third World.
Mr. Obama has bowed to desert despots and apologized the world over for American Exceptionalism, and yet we still see America’s image abroad suffering. Take Mexico, whose president was applauded by liberals as he attacked Arizona rhetorically from the well of the U.S. House of Representatives, we’ve gone from 68% approval to just 52%.
It’s late in the president’s term to learn this, but it is better to be respected than to be loved. In doing nothing to gain their respect, we find we are not loved either.
Liberals were horrified by Ronald Reagan, but his unabashed love for America’s unique position in the world, his standing firm with great U.S. allies, like Britain, Israel, and Canada, his emphasis on American strength and resolve, all managed to make us respected and admired in the world. When the Berlin Wall finally came down, they all ran toward Reagan’s shining city on a hill.
It’s not too late. Mr. Obama can work to repair our relations with Britain, Canada, and Israel. He can pursue America’s enemies, as he successfully did with Osama bin Laden, and he can once again raise the banner of American Exceptionalism. The world needs our leadership.