Faced with an anti-American tirade from the little Marxist of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, Obama defended himself, not his country, by saying "I'm very grateful that President Ortega didn't blame me for things that happened when I was three months old."
The world has looked to the United States in vain for leadership on Iran's nuclear program. It has found a feckless and incompetent leader, whose delayed sanctions have had zero impact on the regime's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Obama's claims to have "isolated" the Tehran regime are belied by the non-aligned summit held there last month. The Obama Administration couldn't even persuade the U.N. Secretary General to skip the conclave. That's not soft power -- it's just soft.
President Obama has also signaled to the world his weakness by a willingness to risk "disastrous" (his own Secretary of Defense?s word) reductions in defense spending because his priority is increasing taxes on top earners.
Obama believed that America would be more popular with Himself at the helm. He can polish his Nobel Peace Prize, but the mobs in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya suggest the shallowness of that particular vanity.
Even if the U.S. is better liked in some quarters, we are not respected. Cuba, the communist basket case in our backyard, has been holding an American citizen, Alan Gross, since 2009. Gross was a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and was distributing computers to members of Cuba's Jewish community when he was arrested and charged with espionage. He has been rotting in a Cuban jail for the entire Obama presidency, while Obama offered an "outstretched hand" to the regime in the form of eased travel restrictions and other blandishments.
Even this week, the president has been weak in his response to the mob violence in Egypt. While promising to bring Ambassador Stevens' murderers to justice, he said not a word about the Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo failing to protect our embassy.
The mobs, like the contempt shown by Cuba, are Obama's chickens coming home to roost.
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