“Part of the reason the United States is attracting dissent is we’re initiating ideas. The easiest thing for us to do is take a passive role and let things drift. But we thought it was important for us to put forth more structure.” President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum in Japan, November 12, 2010
The United States President fled from Seoul to Yokohama following a brutal verbal thrashing by China, Germany and Brazil at the G-20 Meeting. The Rest of the World now has a full measure of the Obama administration and despises it for its weakness and its mendacity. When a United State President denies that massive domestic monetary injections are designed to lower the value of the dollar vis a vis other currencies, the bare-faced lie is self-evident. When he goes on to demand that the Chinese revalue the yuan, the World recognizes outright hypocrisy.
It is ironic just how far the tables have now turned against the political philosophy of the Obama administration. The progressives assailed George W. Bush throughout his two terms as President on the ground that his aggression alienated World opinion and lowered the international esteem in which the country was held. Obama was to be the Great Diplomat, pouring presidential oil on troubled international waters.
The reality is just the opposite. Bush’s aggressive responses to the September 11, 2001 mainland attacks attracted grudging respect on the Arab Street, forced Libya out of terrorism, and pressured Pakistan into reluctant cooperation against terrorist aggressors, while silencing the despicable House of Saud from pouring out its verbal hatred of Western civilization. As American bombs returned Kabul and Baghdad to the Stone Age, so fear and respect replaced contempt throughout Europe and Far-East Asia, as well as the Middle East.
Obama’s subservient stance to Muslim dictators throughout the Middle East, bowing and apologizing wherever he travels, in contrast, has re-energized the Arab Street in its expressed hatred for the Great Satan, while lowering the respect of all major Western and Far-East nations, including its closest ally, the United Kingdom.
Firmness and resolve, not weakness and irresolution, earn respect, Mr. President. Perhaps while you visit Japan, you will do well to reflect on these hard-earned words of wisdom. If you are able to communicate with the Spirits, General Douglas MacArthur and General George Patton might be of some assistance to you on these matters. They earned a great deal of respect for their nation.