Nobody Believes In America’s Strength Anymore

How our enemies view the commander-in-chief -- and the country.

140228-putin-0453_3f836c6eea7cd157959100b83f27d3a1This week, Senator John McCain at AIPAC rightfully said that Vladimir Putin’s strong-man tactics are “the ultimate result of a feckless foreign policy in which nobody believes in America’s strength anymore.” As we watch Putin operate with impunity, it's evident that these actions are because America is not feared or respected. There have been so many repeated foreign policy disasters by the Obama Administration – From Syria to Iran, Benghazi to Egypt, Obama has taken American self-respect and honor to a terrible place.

Obama’s foreign policy in a dangerous world has been an absolute disaster and danger for America. There are so many words of wisdom from some wise people:

Take Jennifer Rubin of the uber-liberal Washington Post: “The president’s embarrassingly weak response to Russian aggression in Europe, following his about-face on Syrian use of WMDs last year and the deeply flawed interim Iran agreement, should unnerve even the most loyal Democrats.” Then, there’s David Kramer, the President of Freedom House, who rightfully noted, “After all, if the authoritarian tyrant Vladimir Putin is allowed to get away with his unprovoked attack against his neighbor, a blatant violation of that country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, then U.S. credibility, already damaged by Obama’s poor handling of Syria, will be down to zero.”

Chris Matthews of MSNBC noted, “The Democrats just don't have a foreign policy that they're willing to defend, that they're willing to use to take down the president's. We're dealing with the power of suggestion here.” And then there’s Dan Lieberman, who said, “The U.S. State Department officials seem to watch helplessly as sympathizers to Al Qaeda in Mali, Libya, Syria and Iraq gain strength and support, while the U.S. Defense department scrambles to react to inept foreign policies.” (Indeed, didn’t Obama run on a platform of improving foreign relations? Is there any nation on Planet Earth America has better relations with since Obama took office?)

Kerry Patton, an internationally recognized security expert, noted, “Jimmy Carter allowed the crippling of US Intelligence during the Church and Pike Committees in an attempt to appease the American people. He is often considered America’s worst President and his foreign policy could easily be argued as the most horrific foreign policy in American history[.]”

And as Rubin of Washington Post also opined in a recent column, “This president is far worse as commander in chief than Jimmy Carter, who was naive but serious and sincere; Carter also learned something when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Obama is the least serious commander in chief we have had, disastrously at one of the most dangerous times since WWII … Obama’s grievous defeats and grievous errors are America’s. All members of Congress who blindly follow him will be equally responsible for the dangers that result.”  Americans today are wondering how long we will suffer from the after-effects of Obama’s administration.

So many across the political aisle have noted that Putin and others take positions because they know there is a weak leader. As James F. Meehan said, “The U.S. has lost prestige in the world and is perceived as weak. This has created a dangerous situation. Unfortunately Obama's hand on the helm is not ‘steady,’ it is shaky.” 

And I, Ronn Torossian, would concur – Obama is a complete and utter disaster. Scary times. 

Kristen Soltis Anderson, a leading millennial pollster, studies numbers -- and any political observer of the world can see and realize for very good reason that “Americans have grown frustrated with Obama’s handling of our relations with the world over the last year. The most recent polls show half of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing at handling foreign affairs[.]” 

In many ways, Nile Gardiner, a British conservative commentator, nailed it squarely on the head, saying, “The White House’s strategy has been one of abject confusion, with no clear leadership from the president. Barack Obama’s approach has been one of ‘leading from behind,’ a phrase first coined by one of his own advisers. He has been content to farm out US foreign policy to a feckless United Nations, and has kowtowed to a ruthless Moscow, which views Syria as a client state, a useful bulwark against American influence in the Middle East, and a thorn in the side of the world’s superpower.”

Obama’s foreign policy may work in policy papers in academia – but in the real world it has been an absolute disaster. America’s foreign policy and national security has fallen apart. On every single front the Obama Administration has failed miserably. America has suffered tremendously during the Obama reign. How many days left till we have a new President?

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