Foreign leaders openly scorn US President Obama

Fallen idolSic transit gloria mundi.

Even before he was (first) elected President of the United States of America, like many adoring Americans, foreign leaders and peoples across the world heaped praises on Barack Obama.

Who can forget the tens of thousands of Germans who mobbed him like a rock star on July 24, 2008 in Berlin?

Obama in Berlin 2008Obama in BerlinThen is then, and now is now.

Along with his plummeting approval ratings in the United States (a new Gallup Poll low of 39% approval vs. 53% disapproval), those outside of America also are increasingly disenthralled.

More seriously, leaders of other countries have begun openly mocking Obama and his administration and, by extension, the United States.

Last Monday, Jan. 14, 2014, Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon mocked (and later apologized) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — and, by implication, Obama’s Middle East policy and his foreign policy in general  — as “messianic.”

Moshe YaalonNote Moshe Yaalon’s sarcastic reference to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, for which Obama inexplicably was nominated a mere two weeks after he first became president, and awarded 8½ months into his first term.

Mere days after Yaalon’s mockery, another foreign political leader is piling on.

Nico Hines reports for The Daily Beast, Jan. 15, 2014, that one of Britain’s most senior military advisors, Sir Hew Strachan, calls Obama “chronically incapable” of military strategy who falls far short of his predecessor George W. Bush.

Strachan, an expert on the history of war and advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, says that Obama’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position in the world.

Strachan, a current member of the Chief of the Defense Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel, cited the “crazy” handling of the Syrian crisis as the most egregious example of a fundamental collapse in military planning that began in the aftermath of 9/11. “If anything it’s gone backwards instead of forwards, Obama seems to be almost chronically incapable of doing this. Bush may have had totally fanciful political objectives in terms of trying to fight a global War on Terror, which was inherently astrategic, but at least he had a clear sense of what he wanted to do in the world. Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world,” Strachan said.

The dithering over intervention against President Bashar al-Assad has empowered the Syrian ruler, undermined America’s military reputation and destabilized the Middle East, said Strachan.  “What he’s done in talking about Red Lines in relation to Syria has actually devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability and it seems to me that creates an unstable situation, because if he were act it would surprise everybody. I think the other issue is that in starting and stopping with Assad, he’s left those who might be his natural allies in Syria with nowhere to go. He’s increased the likelihood that if there is a change of regime in Syria that it will be an Islamic fundamentalist one.”

If it’s any comfort to Obama, Strachan is equally critical of UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Britain’s shock parliamentary vote against military action in Syria also exposed Prime Minister David Cameron’s lack of a clear strategy. “It absolutely illustrated the failure to think through the strategic implications of his own actions,” said Strachan.

Strachan’s book The Direction of War, which will be published next month, examines the failure of modern political leaders to use strategy to predict and account for the implications of military action. Oxford University’s Professor of the History of War says the lessons learned at the end of the 2oth century proved to be damaging at the start of the next. “Using war did deliver. The wars were pretty short, the Falklands, First Gulf War, Kosovo, so people lulled themselves into an expectation that war was simply a continuation of policy and that it was successful. But it hasn’t been since 9/11,” he said.

Part of the problem, Strachan contends, is that politicians are unduly worried about allowing military leaders to give frank and open advice. He criticized the way General Stanley McCrystal was forced to resign after making unflattering remarks about his political bosses in Washington. “The concern about the military speaking out shows a lack of democratic and political maturity. We’re not facing the danger of a military coup. The professional experts, who deal with war all the time, should be able to express their views all the time, openly and coherently, just as you would expect a doctor or a teacher to express their views coherently about how you run medical policy or teaching policy,” he said.

Winston Churchill held daily strategy meetings with his chairman of the Chiefs of Staff during the Second World War, which encouraged an open exchange of views. “The Churchill-Allan Brooke relationship was fraught at times but it worked because both were pretty frank with each other,” Strachan said. “Soldiers have a duty here as well—if they just say, ‘yes Mr. Prime Minister or Mr. President, we can give you exactly what you want,’ then they’re probably not being very honest.”

The extraordinary critique by a leading advisor to the United States’ closest military ally comes days after Obama was undermined by former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who questioned Obama’s foreign policy decisions and claimed he was deeply suspicious of the military.

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10 responses to “Foreign leaders openly scorn US President Obama

  1. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    While we may derive schadenfreude from the POS being scorned by foreign leaders, their low regard for him reflects also on America’s overall national image and reputation.

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  2. Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    “Thus passes the glory of the world.”

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  3. God have mercy on us all! We are in desperate need of another Churchill. We reached bottom the day BO grabbed the reigns of power. Satanic the way he became Man#1…. What were the LowInfos thinking? Hitler mesmerized the masses, too – am sure there were a few fainting femmes in his gatherings of panting idiots. Have people forgotten how to connect the dots? Sorry, bad morning! I’m old enough to remember when our leaders were honest and loved this country. We kissed that goodbye when POS ascended. “Jesus wept” along with those of us who realized what happened!

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  5. Thank you StMA for this remarkable post. I am of the same mindset as pnordman above. It is no wonder that foreign governments criticize the king and his idiotic and inconsistent foreign policies.

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  7. It seems every single thing this obamanation does turns us a little further from what this country once was. And now, his actions(executive orders), are unConstitutional, and his inactions(planned invasion), are derisive and part of the whole overall plan to destroy our America. Please Lord, help us all to see the truth of this man’s agenda, and give us all the clarity we need to better do Thy will, for it MUST be seen before so many more are lost to this “fundamentally transforming America.” It must be as clear as a newly washed window – he is totally unAmerican…!

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  8. Dennis Habern

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    This worthless, despicable, miserable, half-baked Mulatto, traitorous, Muslim
    POS, maintains an I.Q. of only 94, and he is a product of “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.” This accounts for everything this Black, worthless POS touches, it
    turns to shit, but on purpose. This worthless Black POS is the puppet that George
    Soros and his supporters are using to promote the policies of “THE NEW WORLD
    ORDER,” whose theme mirrors George Orwell’s 1949 novel, “1984,” where “BIG
    BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, EVEN IN THE BEDROOM.” But this worthless
    Black POS believes that he is one step ahead of Soros, because he knows that as
    soon as he is no longer considered an asset to promoting the NWO, he will be
    thrown under the bus. But this ugly Black, worthless POS still maintains member-
    ship in the Muslim Brotherhood, and is seeking to establish a global Caliphate
    with himself as its first Caliph. Therefore, when the shit hits the fan, Soros will
    be out in the cold, just another slave on the Plantation with this Black worthless
    POS, cracking the whip on the plantation, if you follow. Soros may have survived
    World War Two, but he is no match for the resources of the Muslim world. Only
    our American military forces are a match to get rid of this worthless Black POS
    and the evil forces that represent the Muslim Brotherhood. The scriptures mention
    that when the Lord returns to Earth, he will eliminate this Muslim scourge. It can
    not transpire soon enough.

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