Woe to me.
Let's take a quick look at how we're doing in our place among what is poetically, if incorrectly, called "the family of nations."
When Senator Barack Obama was campaigning against Hilary Clinton in the 2008 primaries, and later against Senator John McCain in the 2008 general election he, as Mark Lagon wrote in Foreign Policy Journal,
"[He] came into office proposing a dramatic shift from George W. Bush's perceived unilateralism, and most of his predecessor's hard-edged counterterrorism tactics and massive deployments in wars abroad."
During the primary and general election debates, Obama consistently claimed he would meet with Iranian officials "without pre-conditions."
But, days after winning the election, months before he would take office, and perhaps minutes after seeing the actual intelligence, Obama, according to the BBC said,
"Iran's development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening. Iran's support of terrorist organizations, I think, is something that has to cease."
Which sent, at a minimum, a confusing signal to the Iranian leadership which does not understand the difference between campaign rhetoric and official policy.
During the Arab Spring a White House advisor coined the phrase "leading from behind" in a New Yorker Magazine article.
Obama never used that phrase, at least in public, but he allowed himself to take full credit for the fall of Ghaddifi in Lybia and Muburak in Egypt.
On the eve of Egypt's runoff election for President, the military junta (I know that's a Spanish word) is on the move. According to the U.K. Telegraph newspaper this morning:
"Egypt's military-led establishment was accused last night of staging a "complete coup" after the country's supreme court ordered that parliament should be dissolved and its power handed back to the army council."
The junta, as you know, is supported by something on the order of $1.3 billion per year in U.S. aid. While we are paying to keep the generals in caviar and limousines, we had to pay several millions to ransom Americans who were working for the pro-democracy NGOs the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute.