Peter Baker of the New York Times informs us in a “news analysis” that “for Barack Obama, a president who set out to restore good relations with the world in his first term, the world does not seem to be cooperating all that much with his bid to win a second.” Thanks a lot world, you ingrate!
The world’s perfidy notwithstanding, “polls show Mr. Obama with a double-digit advantage over [Mitt] Romney on foreign policy,” Baker notes. But in a cruel twist of fate, “in the latest New York Times-CBS News poll, only 4 percent of Americans picked foreign policy as their top election concern.”
Fate is cruel to Obama in more ways than one: “If anything, the dire headlines from around the world only reinforce an uncomfortable reality for this president and any of his successors: even the world’s last superpower has only so much control over events beyond its borders, and its own course can be dramatically affected in some cases. Whether from ripples of the European fiscal crisis or flare-ups of violence in Baghdad, it is easy to be whipsawed by events.”
All indisputably true. It’s also true that into every life a little rain must fall, but that’s not much of a defense for a poorly performing employee whose boss is considering whether to renew his contract.