Smart Diplomacy! Support for U.S. in Mideast Lower Than Under Bush

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 at 8:43 am
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Barack Obama sure has brought the world together. Now everyone hates us.

Heckuva job, Bammy!

Despite downgrading the trip, many see Obama’s arrival as the sequel to his 2009 visit to Cairo, where he announced a “new beginning” with the Muslim world. Four years later, that doesn’t auger well for renewed efforts in Israel and the West Bank. According to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, confidence in Obama in Muslim countries dropped from 33% to 24% in his first term. Approval of Obama’s policies declined even further, from 34% to 15%. And support for the United States in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan is lower today than it was in 2008 in the closing year of George W. Bush’s administration. That collapse of support has not happened elsewhere.

In his Cairo speech, Obama pledged a relationship between America and Muslims around the world “based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” But in 2013, interests are diverging, and respect is in short supply.

Of all the strained relationships in the Middle East, the partnership with Israel is the most important and potentially the most easily repaired. Obama is not popular in the country. A poll released last week showed he had a scant 10% approval rating in Israel, with an additional 32% saying they respect but don’t like him.

Those numbers will catch up with him in this country before long once the media admits what a colossal failure he is.




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4 Responses to “Smart Diplomacy! Support for U.S. in Mideast Lower Than Under Bush”

  1. Jon Brooks on 22/22/13 at 9:10 am

    And the media will admit he is a colossal failure..when? When the mooslimbs start frying up bacon?

  2. Blue Hen on 22/22/13 at 10:14 am

    We can only guess as to why; it’s doubtful that anyone can know with certainty why this is. I can only suspect that him trying to play both sides against the other isn’t working as well abroad as here.

  3. lyle on 22/22/13 at 12:00 pm

    with an additional 32% saying they respect but don’t like him.

    What is there, exactly, to respect?

  4. john on 22/22/13 at 1:33 pm

    apparently it is lower in those 4 muslim countries you mentioned, but much higher in ALL the other countries. Well meh