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What do other countries think of America?

By Bobby Eberle

Shortly after Barack Obama took office, he set up on what became known as the "apology" tour. He went from nation to nation telling citizens of those countries that America had abused its role as world leader. Obama thought that by shrinking from our greatness, countries would start to "like" us again. He also said that when he became president, tensions in the Middle East would ease as well. How's that working out for everyone?

Back in 2007, Barack Obama said, "I truly believe that the day I'm inaugurated not only does the country look at itself differently, but the whole world looks at America differently."

In that same speech, Obama added this gem:

If I'm reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I've lived in a Muslim country, and I may be a Christian, but I understand their point of view.

Obama then claimed his travels as a youth and his "experience" on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (hmmm... about 2 years or less) would be the recipe for success around the world:

"My sister is half Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years so I am intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspectives these folks have.

"And these are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world, and when you combine that with my work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on everything from immigration to issues of genocide, then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is (sic) tied up with our ability to work with other countries of the world."

And, of course, just like he always does, Obama ended with a dig at President Bush:

"And that will ultimately make us safer. And that's something that this administration [Bush] has failed to understand."

Then, when Obama became president, he went out of his way to tell other countries just how wrong America has been:

The Washington Free Beacon put an excellent column together when GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was blasted for saying, "I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators." The report points to example after example of Obama apologizing for American leadership.

But is it working? All one has to do is look at what is happening around the world, and the easy answer is NO. And there are data to prove it. The Pew Research Center conducts a yearly survey of how other countries view America. Just look how the percentages of citizens who have an unfavorable view of America have changed from 2008 to 2012:

So, under Obama, relations with the Middle East have not improved. In fact, now Americans are dead, and violence is erupting all over the region. But... it's all because of a stupid video, right?

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  1. Stephanie MineerComment by Stephanie Mineer
    September 18, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Unfortunately, what this president, and his idiot advisors, don’t seem to understand or get is that to apologize to a muslim male is to show weakness. They have no respect for Obama, or the USA, because we do not demand it. Of course, that very well may be just what Obama is trying to show the Middle East Islamists.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 18, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      “Never apologize, it is a sign of weakness” -John Wayne

      I say never apologize for being the best at what you do and the best at what you are.,,,,Enter The United States Of America, first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of freemen throughout the world who seek to breathe free.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      September 18, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      The muslims know that obama is on their side in this war. They have no reason to fear what we will do. They know we will do nothing as long as he is in the white house. The only way to hold our heads up again is to show the world we are not that stupid twice and get him out of our house in November.
      He is leading us from the front – right straight into Marxism.
      VOTE and get everyone you know out to VOTE. If we don’t vote him out we are stuck with him and may never get another chance to vote.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      September 18, 2012 @ 11:36 am

      Yes you are all correct. Also no one knows who paid for his trips to Indonesia while in college. He doesnt mention his brother in Kenya, why not?
      Bush made mistakes but since 911 we were safer when he was in office. How many attacks and tries have we had since obama came upon us. Look at Ft. Hood.That should never have happened.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      September 18, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      “Let them hate as long as they fear!” Roman quote.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      September 18, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      sirod, maybe they think he is their 12th Mahdi???

      We here in the US better wake up soon before it is to late

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 18, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

      Obama said, “I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated not only does the country look at itself differently, but the whole world looks at America differently.”

      This is another one of Obama’s comments that no one asked him to clarify. It is much like the comment that he intended to “fundamentally transform America” and no one had any idea what he meant by that, but no one asked exactly what he intended.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    September 18, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Obama’s shrinking of American world status, and the equalization of American status to that of the lowest common denominator of nations which are to be edified above our American exceptionalism, is just an International worldwide expression of his hatred and envy of American rich and successful people at home. It is becoming so downright pathological, and a detriment to the safety of this country that American lives overseas and at home are in jeopardy. ANY Blind Sheik worth his weight in falafels can see that this is the expression of American weakness in resolve and opportunity, and opens the door of destruction of all that America holds sacred. His inauguration statement that the country now looks at itself differently is a subliminal racist code word for the edification of the browning of America which he would never be able to politically admit to overtly. His foreign policy of meeting the enemy on equal terms is so antithetical to sane battle strategy as to leave our Embassies naked to attack.

    The only apologies America should be making is that we allowed our feelings and best hopes for the success of a man of African American Heritage to be able to step up and lead, that we did not properly vet his un-American socialist ambitions to redistribute our wealth and diminish our working American ideologies to the point of extinction of the American flame of freedom in personal responsibility. His race and color mean something only to himself,,,it is his failed ideology and beliefs which make him dangerous to our safety and freedoms which mean EVERYTHING to us.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 18, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      Simply put: he is a traitor to this country and should be tried for high treason.

      I believe that he became president solely because he is half bl ack.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 18, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

      Maybe next time we should make sure the product is unadulterated,,,either all one or all the other and ALL American as the mixture inside the entity of our current president has surely breed noting but identity confusion beginning with which country and whose Constitution he was hired to protect and defend and an obsession with color of skin over content of men’s minds and hearts. I thought Presidents were elected to represent and unite ALL people regardless of race, religion, political party or Personal Income, whose corruption in ideology have become the four legs of the wobbly soapbox he stands and preaches his present campaign upon.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      September 19, 2012 @ 1:08 am

      I have often reflected on what a tragedy it is that the first African-American President had to be an unvetted, sociopathic, lying POS like this one! He was swept into office on a tide of lies, and since he got there, has set race relations–and the fortunes of African Americans back YEARS with his BS.

      How SAD that the FIRST African-American president should be a Communist, America-hating POSER, when there are so many fine and loyal African-Americans that we could have all looked to for leadership, and looked up to as our president. It is our loss, and a tragedy for the African American community that this piece of garbage is what we got, instead of a real AMERICAN African-American.

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  3. brucefeherComment by Bruce Feher
    September 18, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    America FIRST!

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  4. Jim OsbornComment by Jim Osborn
    September 18, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Now we know, because of Dinesh D’Souza’s book and movie “2016: Obama’s America,” what the president’s real agenda is: eliminate America as a superpower and reduce her to the strength of other countries, so that our country can’t be a “bully” anymore. Has our country lost its virtue? Does power wielded virtuously make America a bully? We see by the graph above what this philosophy has done.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 18, 2012 @ 10:05 am

      Its disgusting to imagine but maybe that’s what everyone wants? To be reduced to 3rd world country status. Its going to happen if this monster is re-elected and Romney is scaring the heck out of me with his sudden silence. Why are the Republican candidates not engaging obummer? They should be at his throat everyday! Maybe thats the whole plan to make us inept and just another country? A country like all European countries.

      If this is what is really happening there will have to be an all out revolution to retake our United States back!

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      September 19, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

      @ nickster99: “If this is what is really happening there will have to be an all out revolution to retake our United States back!”

      Our founders predicted the eventual need for and even encouraged revolution when all else failed.

      That RINO Bush (GW) went a long, long way to hobble any such efforts with the signing of the Patriot Act (effectively eviscerating 4th Amendment and ALL rights to privacy) and Obama, has already made liberal use of same by declaring almost everyone a ‘suspected or potential’ terrorist (returning soldiers, Tea Party members, etc.) which makes them all eligible for microscopic DHS scrutiny in accordance with the Patriot Act.

      S***s but, there it is. Forewarned is forearmed.

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    • lindatComment by lindat
      September 20, 2012 @ 2:07 am

      I think most REAL Americans knew from the start that he wasn’t qualified. And Nancy Pelosi should be convicted of treason for her so called vetting of him.

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  5. RightStuffComment by RightStuff
    September 18, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Bottom line: Barack Obama has proven himself to be a fraud.

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  6. Weston PickettComment by Weston Pickett
    September 18, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    “We shall never surrender!”-Winston Churchill.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 18, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      Just surrender the Bust of Churchill back to Britain along those inconvenient truths like the Magna Carta and our Constitution that get in the way of their Socialist agendas.

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  7. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    September 18, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Nevermind what other countries think of America. I think BO has made this country into a big joke. His foreign policies of appeasement and apology has done NADA apart from endangering the lives of Americans abroad and his incompetence lead to the demise of 4 Americans. Like I said on a different site. He is capable of offering secret service protection to his precious V jarett yet is he not capable of protecting our ambr and you some of you think he is strong on foreign policies?? This is not right and is his fault. It didnt happen during anyone but his watch! The only reasonn OBL was done in is because of the policies President Bush put in and our sEal team!He and his team continues to lie. It is shameful, a disgrace and disgusting and his media continues to aid and abet him. I never think that the day will come when I believe what the Libyan President said as being the truth!

    It is time voters/Americans realise that BO is not, NOT on their side!

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 18, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      Then all the polls must be nothing but left wing and media lies! How can this useless POS be ahead in the polls? I dont know one person who is going to vote for him. Unlike that last election when many I knew voted for him after begging them to reconsider!

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      September 18, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      Nickster99, I am pleased to hear that many you know have woken up. I am disgusted by how the BO media is not telling the truth, covering BO agendas and failures. It is so evident in some of the channels where. They twist everything Gov Romney say and if one isnt informed, you would only come to one conclusion that Gov Romney is evil and BO is a saint! The media disgust me! they even say that the violence in the ME is good in that, it is only small number of protesters! really?

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  8. JimRedComment by JimRed
    September 18, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Frankly, I don’t care if they like us or hate us, as long as they FEAR us! With this administration, the fear is gone.

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    • siquijorislandComment by siquijorisland
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:31 am

      unfortunately they world is laughing its *** of at the stupid Americans who elected this joke of a president. Living in Asia is some times embarrassing with Obama as president the respect for America is gone.

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  9. sirodComment by sirod
    September 18, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    The question is how can we help the left to understand the truth about the potus? We are singing to the choir in these forums. How do we get the word out in an organized and beneficial manner in the less than 2 months left. We really need to encourage all conservatives to vote. That is the only way to defeat him in November when the dead will be voting for him and identification will not be required.
    If he takes the white house again, it will not be a clean election. There is always something going on behind the scenes and under the radar with him. Our only hope is to turn out in mass for our country and our God.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 18, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      The left knows full well what BO is all about and that is why they support him. They are all a bunch of marxist-commie hippies who have never grown up and still think the “revolution” is on.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      September 19, 2012 @ 1:16 am

      Sadly, I do not think there is ANYTHING you can do to “wake up” the delusional fools on the left. You can paint the truth in glorious 3-D technicolor and spread it across the skies in letters a hundred feet tall, and they would STILL refuse to see it–they are so brainwashed and brain-dead, their brains STEWED in the leftwing **** they were taught all through school and college, that they are INCAPABLE of recognizing the truth when they see it–and they actually BELIEVE ODUMBER’S apologies and groveling are justified, because all that America USED to be is always so BAD and WRONG in the liberal view, that it must be destroyed.

      These fools will not see what fools they have been until the gates of the Gulag slam shut in their idiotic faces!

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  10. verydisappointedComment by verydisappointed
    September 18, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    I would love to leave a comment, but I just don’t know what to say. I cannot believe this so-called leader of ours. There are more attacks against us than ever before and I guess oyoyo thinks it is fine? Our economy is fine? We have no jobs and that is fine? Americans are loosing their homes and their dignity and that is fine? We had the Boston tea party and the civil war. Have we come full circle? Time for Americans to band together and take this issue on again? I am thinking so!

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  11. roscoebonifitucciComment by Roscoe Bonifitucci
    September 18, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Looks like all that Bribe $$$ and Apologizing did NOTHING to improve relations with the Barbaric Muslim World. In fact, things are getting worse by the minute. Nice Touch Obama…you Screw Up EVERYTHING you touch.

    Is it possible that he does this on purpose?

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    • JamesTComment by JamesT
      September 18, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

      Is it possible that he doesn’t?!?

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      September 20, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

      Yes, Roscoe, he does it on purpose. And James it is not possible. Remember the old mafia saying: First time is chance, Second time is happenstance, Third time is enemy action. With that half breed in the Washington there has been a third, fourth, fifth and who knows how many times.

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  12. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    September 18, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Obummer knows exactly what he is doing….he said he would fundamentally change this country…he has. He said he would bring about a level playing field…by bringing most of us down to the same level…he has. He said he would change the view of America in the world…he has. He said he would fulfill the dreams of his father…he almost has…four more years and he will succeed!

    He claims to be Christian….yea right! This poser has duped millions…are they going to be duped again? He is not alone though…the parties together have ruled this country for over 100 years and look where we are, broke, hated, fractured internally, economically broken and morally bankrupt. Wow…how is the change! This bum has to go and many others with him!

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      September 19, 2012 @ 1:20 am

      Yeah, he’s a Christian, all right–if you can call worshiping at the feet of the America hating, race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright–for 20 YEARS.

      It is quite obvious from what he says and does, that the Great Eared One is in full agreement with Rev. Wright’s views. He hates this country, and only wants to see it humbled and destroyed.

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  13. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    September 18, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    There is a very simple answer to the question, and the ‘polls’ will never show it. Every human being in the world, with the exception of those who have, and still, wish to destroy us, uses every means that they can to immigrate here, Both legally, and illegally.

    Now look at those countries mentioned in that poll, do any of them have any ‘problem’ with people trying to immigrate there? Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt? The Brits, I am sure, would be very happy if every Pakistani left Great Britain, and returned to Pakistan. I would not shed any tears if they left here as well.

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  14. Terry OldsComment by Terry Olds
    September 18, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    ENEMIES ABROAD AND WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: BEWARE!

    I AM A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE CAN BE EXAMINED UPON REQUEST. I WILL NOT HIDE IT OR KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    I CAN FIGHT! I WILL FIGHT! I HAVE EVERYTHING TO FIGHT FOR: MY GOD, MY FAMILY, MY COUNRTY!

    I CARE ABOUT ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    I CARE ABOUT MY SOVERIGN NATION, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    I CARE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! I BELIEVE IN THE FOUNDING FATHERS PRINCIPLES OF THIS CONSTITUTION. I WILL NOT LET ‘THE ENEMIES ABROAD AND WITHIN’ CHANGE IT FOR ANY REASON. PERIOD.

    I BELIEVE WHAT THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REPRESENTS: FREEDON AND EQUALITY FOR ALL! IT IS A WORLD SYMBOL OF PEACE, FREEDOM AND RESPECT. IT WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO ANY ONE OR ANY NATION. PERIOD. AND STAND TALL WITH PRIDE!

    I VALUE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! SHE HAS CALLED UP HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO SAVE OTHER NATIONS FROM AGRESSION, TYRANNY AND DESTRUCTION. MANY HAVE SERVED IN THIS ‘CALL TO ARMS’ SINCE ITS CONCEPTION AND BEGINNING.

    THIS IS WHAT GIVES ME PRIDE AND HOPE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AMEN,
    Terral Olds. 16 September 2012

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 18, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

      Please…tell us how you really feel! :)

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  15. noveldogComment by noveldog
    September 18, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    They think we are weaker than ever before, and therefore, beatable. If we pull out our folks from theses embassies, then make them a very large parking lot where they once stood they would be angry, but also frightened. They would know we not only could, but would make even larger parking lots if provoked.

    In additon to doing just that, we need to cut off all foreign aid to the countries that are not favored allies. Then we need to drill for more oil here. We need to expand our procesing facilties and become completely independent of other countries when it comes to fuel, or weapons.

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  16. moonshineComment by moonshine
    September 18, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    It depends on the country, but generally they probably think we are weak, stupid and a nation in decline. That we are being governed by an radical, arrogrant, anti-American, Muslim, Socialist who wants to destroy this great country, and will do anything to accomplish it. Let’s prove them wrong, and show them that we are not as dumb as they think. In November 2012 we must dump Obama, and at the same time put out the rest of the trash with him. God Bless America and protect her from those who wish to destroy her.

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    • billwvComment by billwv
      September 18, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      My granddad, my dad, my brothers, and I have fought for this country that Ozero is denigrating. He is disgusting to me and I hope to the majority of freedom loving people in this nation. The only thing wrong with America can be solved by the November election and the right men leading and guiding the USA. Needless to say [but I say anyway] we need to get shed of Ozero, Mooch-elle, the czars, the regime, Reid, Pelosi, Schultz, along with all the socialist [American pretenders]. America great? You bet your life; this is a great nation. Take out the TRASH in November.

      Elect Romney / Ryan

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  17. nystromComment by nystrom
    September 18, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I can never figure out why some Americans think that foreigners in general do not like them or the US in general. There is a clicque in the media and on the left that does not and want the US to deteriorate as much as possible. The rest of us like you fine. Do we think that the US is Utopia? No. So what?

    On the contrary, we, at least we in Europe, are greatful and aware of the great sacrifices that generations of Americans have endured for our sake when our “leaders” have fuc-ed up our continent. We are also fearful that the US will not come the next time we need help.

    To see the POTUS travel around the world and apologize left and right is revolting and actually does make people look down on the idiots that elected him.

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  18. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    September 18, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. Wut other countries think of us is not of my concern. Even if it was, what difference would it make? The more you do to please them the more they turn away from you. If you get into trouble will they come to help out ? We have been feeding them and letting our own go hungry for what ? We give them money and where does it go ? Congress thinks it buys friends but Congress is good at coming up with goofy thoughts.

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  19. JDZComment by JDZ
    September 18, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Would you be afraid of President Obama if you ran into him in an alley? Does he give you the impression in his personality and behavior as someone who would frighten our enemies? Is he the kind of person that you would trust to have your back in a fight? Do you trust him to make the hard decisions needed to dig the country out of this economic mess we are milling around in and drowning?

    My answer to all of these questions is a strong NO. He has failed the American people across the board both at home and abroad. This latest foreign policy mess is not unexpected. We all knew who were watching Obama from the onset of his egotistical world apology tour that it was not going to work. We knew that we had an “amateur” in play who had an egotistical view of himself that was totally unjustified and yet to be validated. He basically is a theoretically trained experiment in socialist leadership put in front of the American people by those wealthy socialist/communist activists that have been working for decades to undermine our exceptional capitalistic based country.

    And he has screwed the pooch in that his administration is a total failure, however, he may still get elected if enough uninformed American still vote for this loser.

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  20. longscoutComment by longscout
    September 18, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    In paraphrase, “The Spartans do not ask how many have come against them but where they are.” Agis of Sparta.

    Do we care — what do we care — about how other nations view the United States? That is the main problem of this Administration and more than half the problem that has plagued the United States since the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the United Nations, which has done more of nothing helpful than any other established functionary in American History with the exceptions of the Articles of Confederation, the League of Nations, and a Social Security Administration that has failed to keep US citizens aware that Social Security is supposed to be a support to their retirements, not the basis of such retirements.

    The establishment of the United States as -the_ world power after WWII left us with terrible obligations to the world, but not to kowtow to the notions of other nations: we have our own guideline and should stick with it in defense of the Constitution and our national sovereignty.

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  21. swizard101Comment by swizard101
    September 18, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Name all of the countries where there is an undeniable improvement in US foreign relations with that country.

    Now name all of the countries where there is an undeniable improvment in the popular opinion (toward the US) of the citizens.

    Did the answers to those two questions add up to more than 2?

    Now consider Obama is quoted as saying: “I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated not only does the country look at itself differently, but the whole world looks at America differently.”

    Perhaps the “whole world” does indeed look at America differently (more negatively).

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  22. bmyersComment by bmyers
    September 26, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    The others countries think we are the biggest joke ever. To see what Obama has done to our country in such a short time,,and I can’t believe the people of the USA can’t see all the freedom he has taken away from us. Like all the illegal aliens being able to stay, and take all the jobs of the legal aliens that have families losing everything they had because thet can’t get work! PLEASE PEOPLE open your eyes before it is too late!

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