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Poll: Americans think US less respected abroad since Obama became President

That’s pretty much the opposite of the promise made by candidate Obama and the administration’s spin since he’s become president, isn’t it?

A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago and think President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, a new poll finds.

The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin — 51 percent to 41 percent — Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama’s presidency.

“This is surprising, given the global acclaim and Nobel peace prize that flowed to the new president after he took office,” said pollsters for the liberal-leaning organizations.

It’s really only surprising if you haven’t been paying attention. Most people outside the beltway and not blinded by their ideology recognized the award of the Nobel peace prize was a travesty and more of a political statement than something earned by Mr. Obama. And most Americans were put off by Mr. Obama’s “world apology” tour, as it was called by some, where he spent most of his time in other countries apologizing for America’s past. Lastly, it has been fairly obvious to most observers that our foreign policy is in shambles and even our allies find little reason to agree with or go along with whatever foreign policy goals we set – such as increased sanctions for Iran.

So while it is surprising to a “liberal leaning” polling organization, it isn’t at all surprising to other observers. Which brings us to the next “surprise” for the pollster I assume:

On the national security front, a massive gap has emerged, with 50 percent of likely voters saying Republicans would likely do a better job than Democrats, a 14-point swing since May. Thirty-three percent favored Democrats.

“The erosion since May is especially strong among women, and among independents, who now favor Republicans on this question by a 56 to 20 percent margin,” the pollsters said in their findings.

50 to 33 is well outside any sampling error and can’t be written off as such (it was 43 R’s and 41 D’s in May). And the amazing difference among women and independents is a true indicator the national security worm has turned. And that bodes ill politically for the Democrats. If you need even more evidence:

• “Keeping America safe”: Democrats now trail by 13 points (34 percent to 47 percent.) The gap was just 5 points in July 2008.

• “Ensuring a strong military”: Democrats trail by 31 points (27 percent to 58 percent.)

• “Making America safer from nuclear threats”: Democrats trail by 11 points (34 percent to 45 percent,) “despite the president’s strong actions and speeches on steps to reduce nuclear dangers,” the pollsters said.

Democracy Corps is the creation of James Carville and Stanley Greenberg and Third Way describes itself as a “moderate think tank of the progressive movement” (moderate progressive – sounds like an oxymoron to me). Given that information this spin about the brouhaha that has erupted concerning civilian trials for terrorists is terrific:

“Whereas a majority of the public approves of the job President Obama is doing in most aspects of national security, a 51 to 44 percent majority of likely voters disapproves of his efforts on the prosecution and interrogation of terrorism suspects,” the pollsters found.

That and the response to the Christmas day bomber have been two key reasons the polls have shifted. And both have to do with decisions made by Obama’s administration or Obama himself. And, unless I’m mistaken, a 50 to 33 difference does not say “a majority of the public approves of the job President Obama is doing in most aspects of national security”, does it?

~McQ

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55 Responses to Poll: Americans think US less respected abroad since Obama became President

  • Smart Diplomacy

  • Talk about a meaningless poll.    America’s standing in the world is far higher than it was during the Bush years.   Of course, most Americans polled are pretty clueless about how the rest of the world operates, so they will pull their opinion out of whatever they happen to be feeling that day.  It’s also amusing how foreign policy amateurs make such a big deal of rhetoric like alleged apologies.   You can tell a foreign policy amateur by how much emphasis they place on personality and rhetoric over action and interests.    I am teaching on on line course on US foreign policy this summer, open to anyone willing to pay — it might help you better understand what’s happening.   (And, yes, this time I am talking down to you, but you really have been showing an ignorance of foreign policy in recent posts — and it is an area I’ve studied extensively and worked in DC on, so in this case I can’t help but point out the ignorance shown in some of your recent posts).

    • Small steps, there Erb!!!

    • Translated: I decree it!

    • Scott, even when you get the concepts of foreign policy lined up properly, which is rare, you still don’t understand them. Why is that? Well, it’s because two things perpetually dominate your thought: Anti-Americanism and socialism. Those are the frameworks that drive you. They don’t account for your lightweight yet willful nature, but they are the reason why you will only ever be right about a foreign policy question by accident.

      • I’ve never seen anyone with such an ideologically driven misunderstand of the world as you Martin.  Everything is some kind of socialist plot, anti-Americanism is under every bed.  *eyes rolling*  You put the “lunatic” in “fringe.”   Oh well, I at least hope you’re not in a field where you could do any real harm, such as teaching.

        • My God is the irony thick.

        • Scott, you know so little about your own field that it has been somewhat embarrassing for me over the years to have had to correct you so often. Your knowledge of history is also atrocious, which means that you are unable to contextualize what little you actually know about political science. Oddly, however deep your misunderstandings and lack of basic knowledge, you are never embarrassed for yourself.

          You always have your two themes to fall back on: anti-Americanism and socialism. Disguise them as you will, they are always right there. Your immediate touchstones.

          Also, that “under the bed” line is such old Lefty horselaughing that it ought to tip you off as to just how rickety that ancient Volvo of yours has become.

    • Talk about a meaningless poll. Look, it goes against my own judgment of how wonderful Obama is, so it must be meaningless. I decree it.

      America’s standing in the world is far higher than it was during the Bush years. Europeans at cocktail parties all say so, emphasizing how wonderful it is that the Bush regime is over (finally!) and Obama with his Christlike visage and keen sense of everything wrong with America has taken control.

      Of course, most Americans polled are pretty clueless about how the rest of the world operates, especially including those dense rightie tea partiers, {eyes rolling} so they will pull their opinion out of whatever they happen to be feeling that day. We on the left, of course are smart and informed, and our opinion on how the world operates is clear and correct and completely untainted by any of our emotions and prejudices. I decree it.

      It’s also amusing how foreign policy amateurs make such a big deal of rhetoric like alleged apologies. {chuckle} You can tell a foreign policy amateur by how much emphasis they place on personality and rhetoric over action and interests. And don’t start up with how Obama’s actions on Iran have been a disaster, or anything about reset buttons or offending the British or any of that. None of that counts as actions. I decree that too, because Obama, who thinks like me, couldn’t possibly make those kinds of mistakes, so he didn’t. It’s just that clueless foreign policy amateurs think he did, and they have the nerve to actually publish their opinions in blogs and stuff.

      That kind of thing ought to be reserved to those of us with godlike powers of political science. For example, I am teaching on on line course on US foreign policy this summer, open to anyone willing to pay — it might help you better understand what’s happening. Really. It would help! It would! You guys are just clueless amateurs and you would be dazzled by the luminance of my deep analysis if you would just give it a chance. (And, yes, this time I am talking down to you. I’ve never talked to you before – I decree it. But just this one time. Because I most definitely do not come here to talk down to you and bolster my own ego and self-worth because I’m a mediocre leftist academic at a nowhere cow college, so stop staying that and you should stop thinking it to. You really have been showing an ignorance of foreign policy in recent posts. Not surprising, since you ex-military types are wigged out from the stress, you’re basket cases really. And it is an area I’ve studied extensively and worked in DC on, so in this case I can’t help but point out the ignorance shown in some of your recent posts. Why, with my advanced degrees and my book that isn’t either from a vanity press that suckers social science academics, you should be grateful for the privilege of paying me! {chuckle} LOL.

      So please sign up for the class. It’s very cheap. And it definitely won’t consist of nerdy, whining, lectures that are a mixture of the blindingly obvious and leftist talking points. No, it will be deep analysis, just like all the stuff I post here. And if you think otherwise, you doth protest too much.

      Or maybe you’ve just been listening to Sarah Palin {eyes rolling}. You thick righties are so dense you can’t even see through her. Wise leftists like me know that those full lips and ample bosom mean she can’t possibly have anything important to say. Just because she wears those naughty librarian glasses and winks at you, you just suspend all your thinking and slavishly buy whatever she says. Don’t deny it, I see right through you.

    • Hey, the meaningless poll, you are aware it’s done by an agency that is far more likely to be complimentary to Obama than not, right?  It’s not some tea party poll, or some poll done by Carl Rove and Dick Cheney.  You get that, right (nah, you read the heading and departed on one of your screeds).

      “You can tell a foreign policy amateur by how much emphasis they place on personality and rhetoric over action and interests.”

      Okay, you’re on – name some actions that Obama, along with Shrillary, have made to make us stronger in foreign policy since Obama became President.  Every time we get into a policy discussion we issue you the same challenge, and every time, you ignore it and continue to post your decrees and opinions as if they were facts.
      Your opinion, and references to your own posting do not count.  Go practice Google or Bing, do some research, presumably you had to do research to get whatever degrees they so obviously mailed in for you to hang on your office wall.

      “I am teaching on on line course on US foreign policy this summer, open to anyone willing to pay — it might help you better understand what’s happening.   (And, yes, this time I am talking down to you, but you really have been showing an ignorance of foreign policy in recent posts — and it is an area I’ve studied extensively and worked in DC on, so in this case I can’t help but point out the ignorance shown in some of your recent posts).”

      Yeah, I wonder if there’s something fun we could do with interstate fraud and misrepresentation  here somewhere.

       

      • The poll is meaningless because it says nothing about the actual state of US foreign policy.   And again, Presidents do not “make America stronger” with speeches or some action.  Foreign policy doesn’t work that way, the idea that some President can come in and “make America stronger” demonstrates an ignorance of how the world works.   What the US has done is shift attention to Asia, India and Russia, adjust to the fact that the relative power of the US is significantly less than in the past, and is charting a policy that breaks from the last generation’s Cold War focus.   It’s a start.
        Note that I said Obama has continued the late Bush foreign policy.   Bush in term I showed how an individual can screw up policy, the invasion of Iraq showed clearly the inability of military power to shape political results, and caused people to not fear the US.   Yet the reality of the relative decline in US power was not a result of Bush’s errors, but real.   Bush erred by not recognizing these limits, and thus brought considerable problems to himself, his Presidency, and the US.    Bush had recognized this by 2005 or so, and undertook a more realistic policy onwards.   Obama has not made dramatic changes from that policy, Robert Gates is an example of that continuity; Hillary Clinton is not that much unlike Condi Rice.  I give Bush high foreign policy ratings for the post-2006 time frame.

    • So it’s a “meaningless” poll because it shows something in direct contradiction to something you think simply MUST be true.

      You’re a meaningless person.

    • Wait… pay for your class?  You saying that getting an education is not necessarily a right, Erb?

    • “I am teaching on on line course on US foreign policy”
      “and it is an area I’ve studied extensively and worked in DC on”

      Have you by chance ever implemented US foreign policy?

      oh and charging for that online class is very capitalistic.

  • Let me repeat what I said yesterday in a thread that was getting stale, and I didn’t either sneak into the post to get the last word, so stop saying that:

    ——————————

    {chuckle} {eyes rolling} You dense righties only see what you want to see. You’re post-modernists, cherry picking just certain pieces of information that confirms your narrative, while I sit in my office and the faculty lounge gazing out over the political landscape with my godlike powers of political science, and see all of reality, spread out before me.

    Obama thinks like me. As I have been saying for a year, he said he was going to cut spending, and I think he will. So don’t start up about all that deficit stuff. Republicans ran deficits too, so they’re exactly the same. And that’s not either moral equivalence to excuse what wise leftists do ten times or a hundred times worse, so just shut up about that!

    And with his Christlike visage, Obama will get his programs through. You’ll see. Especially healthcare, which is on the verge of passing, and I’m all for that, even though I think it ought to be handled at the state level as I’ve said many times, and there’s no contraction in that, so just shut up about the whole contradiction thing. Those of us with godlike powers of political science know how to whip up a multiple truth for every situation, which means we never contradict ourselves.

    But, as I said, you’re the post-modernists, not me. And that’s not either projection, so stop saying that. It’s just that I’m rubber and you’re glue, so what you say bounces off me and sticks on you. So I can say that you have Obama Derangement Syndrome, and that you guys completely ignore the evidence on global warming, and that’s not either because I am projecting my own behavior onto you and trying to use cheap rhetorical tricks to score points. It’s just not. I decree it. The science is settled, and you all have ODS because you cannot appreciate the greatness that is Obama. Admit it. I’m calling you out. Besides, you doth protest too much. I decree it.

    I come here to educate you thick righties and give you the benefit of my vast experience in politics and international relations. Vast, I tell you, vast. Did you know I have advanced degrees? Have I mentioned that? And they’re from a prestigious graduate program. Really. So don’t start up with how they just gave me a degree because they were even more tired of listening to my nerdy babbling than you guys and wanted desperately to get rid of me. My work was stellar. I decree it.

    Just like my book, which is not either a pile of dreck from a vanity press that suckers social science academics, so you really should stop saying that. Just because I couldn’t find anyone important to write a blurb for it and had to use an old acquaintance doesn’t mean a thing. The important people were all very busy. And the fact that it’s down around 2,000,000 on Amazon’s list doesn’t mean a thing either. It certainly doesn’t mean that the only people who even cracked the cover were family and friends to whom I gave a copy. Why, I’m pretty sure Amazon sold at least twelve.

    Anyway, Obama is going to go down in history as a great president. He’s a great man, just like Jimmy Carter, so even if his presidency has some rough spots, he’ll still go down in history as a great man. I know my comrades colleagues over in the history department will see to that. So you guys can say anything you want about Obama. Your opinion doesn’t count. Suck on it. LOL.

    It doesn’t count about Iraq either, and I don’t care how many purple fingers you find. The only reason things are going well there is that Obama is now in office and his sheer force of personality is infusing the Iraqis with noble democratic goodness. Good thing, since without it those wogs don’t have a chance of governing themselves, as I said about a thousand times back in 2003-2008. Bush made the biggest foreign policy mistake in history in going in there, and thank goodness he finally listened to we wise leftist pacifists and co-opted the noble brown savage insurgents. He should have done that Day One. All the icky military stuff that came before that was totally unnecessary because wars are unhealthy for children and other living things.

    Anyway, Iran is going to come out on top there, you just wait. Any day now. And don’t you dare bring up the stuff about me saying Sadr won over Maliki. I was right about that! I was, I was, I was! Because I’m a brilliant foreign policy analyst, not a mediocre bloviating professor in a backwater cow college with a vanity book and pretentions of expertise! So stop saying that!

    You silly deniers and tea partiers just go on thinking that Sarah Palin will rescue you. {eyes rolling} Admit it. You are expecting her to come in and beat Obama in 2012. And when you guys sound like you don’t care about her that much, you’re just putting on an act, you don’t fool anybody. I know how much you pine for those full lips and ample bosom, and how you get a tingle down your leg when you see her wink through those naughty librarian glasses. Nobody on our side is like that. Well, there was the Chris Matthews thing about Obama, but that’s different. Because wise leftists are always right, and dense righties never are, basically. {chuckle} LOL {eyes rolling}

  • I think it was Bismarck who said that “a special Providence protects babies, drunks, and the United States of America.”

    We had better hope so.

    • Who knew, the U Maine tenure committee is “a Special Providence.”

      • Since they are all academics, it is more likely that they are the drunks and fools looked after by a special providence who are looking out after one of their own.

  • We don’t need a poll to tell us the obvious, just read the foreign press. 0-Bambi (The Man-Child) disrespects out allies and coddles our enemies, they tell us as much in their own words; but you’ll never read it in our Malfeasant Media.
    Looks as though BDS is going to have more lives than Elvis, using the same sort of mentality to boot.

  • OK, WHY do Americans think our country is less respected abroad?  Are Americans REALLY saying that they think we were more respected when Bush was running the show (when they were told regularly by MiniTru that everybody hated us)?

    Or is the poll really a reflection of what Americans think of our foreign policy and whether or not we ought to be respected?

    • There remains genuine good will to Americans because of Obama, who remains popular with European and foreign publics — very popular.  I think this piece in the NYT explains why some European leaders are disappointed — Obama is refocusing US policy away from Europe and the old Cold War norms.   This amplifies Asia’s importance and in essence removes the idea that the US was somehow Europe’s protector and guardian.   That is how it should be.    The poll does say more about what Americans think than what anyone outside the country thinks — so in that way it has political meaning.

      • Erb: “There remains genuine good will to Americans because of Obama, who remains popular with European and foreign publics — very popular.”

        Well, that ought to help him when he becomes a roving UN ambassador. In the meantime, he’s wrecking the United States, which will not do the “European and foreign publics” any good when there’s real trouble in the world. He’s popular with a cultivated foreign anti-Americanism because he is himself a radical anti-American, which is why you like him so much yourself, Scott.

  • Don’t worry. The Democrats have a school where they go now to learn how to talk about terrorism. This will all be fixed soon.
    Snark aside, its probably a better measure than polling foreign countries about the USA in some ways…think about it. Let’s say there was a crazy man who kept handing out 100 dollar bills to strangers. I would guess people polled about him would love him, but his family might realize those stranger’s good opinion of him is not really a sign of true love.
    Also, the proof is in the pudding – we have not seen a surge of European conscripts into Afghanistan, therefore, no matter how much they like us, its not useful. In Chinese we call these kinds of friends, “wine and meat friends” i.e. they are friends when it comes to eating and drinking with you, but that’s about all.

  • Erb:

    Please name 3 CONCRETE foreign policy successes for Obama. And this nebulous “we’re loved more” doesn’t count because cocktail parties and leftist rioters don’t count.

    Go do your assignment now. I await your 3 examples.

    • Does the “auto-pilot” Bush Iraq policy count ?
      If that counts, then I gues Obama can claim WWII and the Korean War too.

      • Actually Obama has been very involved in the Iraq policy, it is not an auto pilot of what Bush did.  I do think Bush made a successful policy change in 2007 after the immense failure of the policy to invade Iraq in 2003.   Obama is smart enough not to mess with that just to appease the left wing of his party.   But it’s not auto-pilot — Iraq is too complex with too much change and fluctuation to simply be left alone.

        • Really, Scott? What aspect of Iraq policy has Obama shaped?

          Also, the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was bipartisan, and it was based on 12 years of UN Security Council adjudication and a consistent if sometimes unapplied U.S. policy toward the Hussein regime. There was little disagreement about the potential dangers of that regime, although Clinton’s decision to bomb Iraq in December 1998 was the faulty application of un-auditable air power that made it possible for Hussein to avoid further arms inspections until they were reinstituted in December of 2002, after which the head of UNMOVIC, Hans Blix, reported to the Security Council that the Iraqis did not even seem to understand what their responsibilities were and that they were again in non-compliance after agreeing to comply.

          You might recall, if you knew any history at all, or chose not to ignore it, that it was the very purpose of the UN to act as a collective security organization when regimes like Hussein’s crossed the line — as it did both in its war with Iran and then against Kuwait, which was the issue that began the serial adjudications that led to UNSC 1441 in November 2002, offering Iraq “a final opportunity” to comply with its obligations under the ceasefire afforded in UNSC 687 and with other resolutions.

          The fact that all along the way after the invasion you were effectively on the side of the car bombers and actively hoping for the defeat not just of the U.S. but of the best interests of the Iraqi people is not something you should ever be allowed to forget, but your memory hole is active and always at the ready.

  • And most Americans were put off by Mr. Obama’s “world apology” tour, as it was called by some, where he spent most of his time in other countries apologizing for America’s past.


    Just a question-  Do you have any data that backs that up?
    I’m sure that the people who did refer to it as the “world apology tour” were put off by it, but “most Americans” are not right-wing bloggers.
    Is there any polling on the matter?  I honestly don’t know.  And googling “world apology tour” doesn’t help unless one believes that the Michelle Malkins and Eirck Ericksons are representative of “most Americans.”

    Cheers.

    • Pogue – is it your serious contention that a higher percentage of Americans appreciated the “apologies” than were against them? (it was also called some variation of  “the bowing and apology tour” it seems, but “Poll Obama apology” certainly drags up hits for some flavor of the apology tour, though no polling data….).

      Just keepin it honest eh?



       

      • What apologies do you object to?

        • Not all of these bother me at the same level, but it’s a decent list to work from.

          If Obama had half the humbleness about himself that he has about the United States, I’d be grateful.

           

          • While I agree with the President on all those points, and understand that the right wing dislikes him saying that, I didn’t see the words “we apologize” or “we are sorry” in any of those.   None of those was an apology, it was just some self-criticism.   I think a great power should be able to criticize its past actions, and acknowledge mistakes.  It’s like with individuals — people who never apologize or admit mistakes are considered arrogant jerks.   We don’t want our leaders to act like arrogant jerks, do we?

      • Pogue – is it your serious contention that a higher percentage of Americans appreciated the “apologies” than were against them?


        No, looker, it is not my contention.  If it were, I most certainly would have cited credible data to support my argument.

        But hey… that’s just me.

        Oh, but I did find this in the two minutes of research that I had time for.  It’s nothing specific to hang an assertion to counter McQ’s… but it certainly doesn’t help this “most Americans” business.
         

        President Barack Obama — currently on his first multi-stop trip abroad since he took office — is enjoying a 61% job approval rating at home for handling foreign affairs, up seven points since February.


        Oh right.  That was taken while he was currently on his first “apology tour.”  I wonder what it was like two months later after the public had some time to chew on this FoxNews/blogger-dubbed “apology tour.”

        June 22, 2009

        International affairs: 61 percent to 32 percent.

        Hmm… Well that just can’t be.  The same 61%.
        But…
        But…
        McQ told us… “most Americans” were put off.  Oh I’m sure there is some data out there somewhere to help McQ.  Maybe one of you intrepid commenters can dig it up for him.

        Maybe.

        Cheers.

        • Ah, Pogue, there were several of the tours over the course of the year.  However, from a purely statistical standpoint your argument stands – the ‘majority’ of those polled were not put off (okay, my 2 minute look yields only  Gallup….) “enough” to perceive his foreign policy the way we do locally before the year was out, and it’s back up slightly this month from it’s low point.  The approval dropped from 61% to about 50% by January 2010,  inside the ball park of not being the ‘majority’, back to 51% approval this month.

           

  • Don’t ask me to explain it, but I got to thinking it would be fun to have one of Professor Erb’s books on my bookshelf.  Then I got to thinking of what a group picture of all those folks having such a book on their bookshelves would look like.  Hmmmmm.  Well, if anyone sets up such a “shoot” I expect to be invited.
    On Amazon, his latest hardcover tome on German foreign policy sells for $3.04 (used).  Apparently the original purchaser did not value it highly.  The shipping was $3.99.
    When it arrives I plan to try to read it.  If I succeed (or at least get through the first 3 chapters and skim the rest) I will return with a review.  Since I don’t know anything about German foreign policy (I assume that makes me part of the intended audience) I am sure to learn something.
    For some reason, ever since I placed the order I have had a recurring mental image of Hitler in his bunker (like so many YouTube videos) surrounded by his minions, holding this book storming about what it has to say.

  • Oh wow……an idea!

    Ott Scerb…….think you can do a “Downfall” video of Hitler talking about Erb for YouTube? I’d be willing to kick you a few bucks for your trouble.

  • “A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago…”

    Well, now we  know what Americans think that the rest of the world respects us less, but what does the rest of the world think? 

    Personally, I agree with Machiavelli; it is better to be feared than lovged. Or respected.

  • Haha, all this survey shows me is that a lot of Americans are absolutely clueless. This is absolutely NOT true. The rest of the world was completely dumbfounded when that idiot Bush got re-elected, and elated when Obama was elected. And they STILL respect the US a lot more now than they did under Bush. How do I know this? I’m from Europe, my entire family and a lot of my friends are still living in Europe, and I can assure you they respect Obama (and by association, the US) a lot more now than they did before he was elected…

    Why is it the Republicans spread so many lies, and more importantly, why is it so many people are ignorant enough to believe those lies?

    • Well chuck, the survey was taken by a progressive (that would be Democrat) organization.  Take exception with them.

    • Oh, and, whatever the Euro’s might think, and about 90% of the time I don’t give a flip on that, the man is going to trash the US, we’re HERE, we see it, and we’re keenly aware of what’s going on HERE.  Which may actually be fine with the Euro’s, until the next time they need us to clean up one of their messes, and then they won’t think it’s so hot.

    • “I’m from Europe, my entire family and a lot of my friends are still living in Europe . . ”

      Good, and you can stay there and worship Obama from afar!

  • The fear went away with the Iraq war, and then the lingering problems in Afghanistan.   From Venezuela to Tehran and elsewhere they realized: a) the American public is angry about the wars and won’t tolerate any that aren’t quick and easy; and b) the military might be able to win wars, but it can’t control what happens next, meaning wars will not be quick easy successes.    Add those together, and it doesn’t take a genius to realize there is little reason to fear the US.

    • “Add those together”

      Along with a President who is not much more than an empty suit.

  • I decided that my online course needed some more description for you dense righties, so I did a blog entry on it. It explains in detail what’s in the course and why you thick righties need it so desperately.

    • I just read your blog, Prof. Scerb. Where do I sign up? Would you be my BFF?

  • And not that it matters, but we are once again left with Scott’s opinion, and no demonstration of fact for ANY foreign policy improvement made by Obama in the last year other than assurances that he’s doing a terrific foreign policy job.

    • Are you implying that we shouldn’t simply take his word for it?

    • I have given my assessment, noted changes he’s made, and can post you to numerous blog entries of mine.   You seem to want particular actions that have made direct results that can be measured as somehow ‘strengthening’ us.  I don’t think that’s a feasible way to discuss and critique foreign policy.   Right now he’s setting directions and making small moves that I think are in the right direction.  He’s also not that much different in policy form than second term Bush, though he’s definitely done better than Bush on Afghanistan.    They dropped the ball there, even in Bush’s second term (understandably, they were pre-occupied with the problems in Iraq).

      • ” . . and can post you to numerous blog entries of mine.”

        Again, beyond providing your opinion, what have you got?  You have been challenged to provide three examples with backup and have not been able to show even one without using your own opinion as your prime source.  Physician, heal thyself!  (I always wanted to say that)

        “It’s hard to see the awkwardness of Biden’s visit so far having a broader political impact. But it does contribute to the impression, fair or unfair, that President Obama is presiding over an era of diminished American influence, in which allies and rivals alike feel comfortable thumbing their noses at a White House focused above all else on its domestic priorities.”  Reihan Salam

        Seems like I just provided you a source that show Obama and Company are falling all over themselves in the Middle East.  And the reason -well, to paraphrase yourself “they were pre-occupied with domestic priorities.”  By my count that puts you down one – care to refute?

        Or can you?

      • “Right now he’s setting directions and making small moves that I think are in the right direction” – yes, like the brilliant direction we moved in with regard to Honduras last year, like the brilliant direction we’re moving to with Chinese relations, like the brilliant direction we’re continuing in with long time ally Great Britain.

        There, three examples, with links, 10 minutes.  Not my opinions, just validation of them.