Before we get to the money quote, which happens to be the 2nd to last paragraph of this Politico story, we learn, via a Pew Global Attitudes Survey, that people around the world have cooled on Obama’s foreign policy
Global opinion of President Barack Obama has declined dramatically since 2009, according to a new survey of the president and his policies in 21 countries.
Approval of Obama’s international policies has dropped from 78 percent to 63 percent in Europe; from 34 percent to 15 percent in Muslim countries; from 40 percent to 22 percent in Russia; and from 57 percent to 27 percent in China, reports the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
The study suggests that U.S. foreign policy unilateralism and the Obama administration’s aggressive use of drone strikes are partly to blame for the surging global discontentment for Obama’s foreign affairs approach.
People really do not like his drone strike policy. Let me say that I do support it, but I often wonder whether Obama might enjoy the power to personally select the people on his kill list a bit too much. Anyhow, it’s rather amusing that the people surveyed find Obama’s foreign policy to be based on “unilateralism.” Don’t forget, President Bush put together a coalition of over 40 countries for both our Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. He reached out to allies. When was the last time, heck, anytime, that we had a news report of Obama reaching out to any military partner?
Of course, most respondents want the incompetent-in-chief reelected. I’d hazard to guess that it is due to two notions; first, because he is a wild eyed leftist like so many surveyed, and second because an Obama presidency keeps America weak.
Anyhow, here we go
At the same time, China has overtaken the United States in perception of which is the world’s leading economic power: Among 14 countries, 36 percent chose the U.S., and 42 percent chose China.
When Bush left office, 46% thought the US was the world economic powerhouse. In the poll, there is good and bad Obama’s America news, but that one is the most telling, and devastating. America’s economy is a mess. Our debt and deficit are out of control. Obama has been president for 3 1/2 years. It’s his economy. And his policies have relegated America to number 2 behind China.