Washington Post: Expert Says Countries ‘feel betrayed’ by Fickle U.S. under Obama
September 15, 2014
Now even the liberal Washington Post is all but admitting what Mark Steyn and other conservatives have been saying for some time: The Obama administration has made a habit of failing our allies and helping our enemies, and the world is taking notice. Under the headline “Obama seeks Arab allies against Islamic State but must overcome mistrust of U.S.”:
But already there is a disinclination to believe his promises, said Mustafa Alani of the Gulf Research Center in Dubai.
“We have reached a low point of trust in this administration,” he said. “We think in a time of crisis Mr. Obama will walk away from everyone if it means saving his own skin.”
Different countries are suspicious of the United States for different reasons, but all feel betrayed in some way by recent U.S. policies, said Salman Shaikh of the Brookings Doha Institute in Qatar.
So now we have the worst of both worlds: We don’t have the benefits of a more grown-up foreign policy, but we’re not “popular”, either.
For the modern progressive, the entire planet is fringe-of-the-map. Real politics is about free contraceptives for thirtysomething college students, and transgender bathrooms for grade-schoolers. “Foreign policy” is something old bitter white men do.
And so it was that Barack Obama observed the anniversary of 9/11 by visiting something called Ka-BOOM!, a non-profit that helps build playgrounds for children.
(No, Mark Steyn is not making this up. If nothing else, this administration was at least supposed to be good at politics and “optics”…)