Not more the rose, the queen of flowers, Outblushes all the bloom of bower, Than she unrivall'd grace discloses; The sweetest rose, where all are roses.
- Thomas Moore, Irish Poet (1779-1852)
The Arab Spring, which once raised hopes of freedom and dignity, has diverged onto the dark path of Islamist authoritarian rule.
In Syria, tens of thousands of people have died in a bitter civil war that might have recently seen its first use of chemical weapons.
Iran continues its march toward nuclear weapons capability, heedless of international condemnation.
source: USA Today
And of course, CHANGE also came in the form of Obama’s support of the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, which led to an even more dangerous Lybia where radical extremists assassinated four embassy workers, including the first assassination of a serving American ambassador since 1979, going all the way back to the worst days of the Carter presidency and what had been the previous height of anti-Americanism in the Middle East.
Obama began his campaign for president by making public speeches that besmirched America’s place in history, undermining our moral standing by constantly running through litanies of our mistakes, rehashing the dark periods in American history to audiences everywhere and decrying our nation’s “arrogance” in world affairs.
So it was no surprise that once elected, as Obama began meeting with leaders around the world, he become the first American president ever to bow down to the leaders of other nations.
Obama also made it no secret where his allegiances lie in making the first stop on his World Apology Tour in Cairo in 2009 and that it hasn’t been until just now, in the fifth year of his presidency, that President Obama has bestowed upon Israel his very first presidential visit.
(And no, there were no bows for any of the leaders of Israel.)
Israel gave away Gaza and the West Bank as a gesture of goodwill, and how were they repaid? With even more rockets fired indiscriminately into civilian areas of Isreal and even more harsh rhetoric from groups like Hamas and Hezbollah calling for death to Israel.
Seemingly oblivious to this fact that the Israelis have only emboldened their enemies by giving land away, Obama has chosen istead to step up the pressure on Israel, demanding they return to the 1967 borders.
No surprise then that Obama’s approval rating in Israel ranks just about as low as as any terrorist leader vowing for Israel’s destruction:
A poll released last week showed [Obama] had a scant 10% approval rating in Israel, with an additional 32% saying they respect but don’t like him.
Since the very creation of the tiny Jewish state, America’s position as Israel’s greatest ally has been faithfully adhered to by every president both Republican and Democrat alike, that is until CHANGE came along the arrival of Barack Obama. The great irony, of course, is that Obama’s policy of having the US walk away from it’s position as Israel’s greatest friend in the world has only served to crush the standing of the more moderate forces working for peace through appeasement in Israel and ensure that the hawks in Israel will keep an even firmer hold on power.
Great powers of peace negotiation there, Mr. President. Not only are you starting from a position of demanding the Palestinians get their wildest dreams right from the starting point (what the heck kind of negotiation strategy is that?) but you’ve also just made sure all the moderate elements in Israel lose all respectability with your heavy-handed demands of Israel.
So it’s no surprise that 90% of Israel stands in disapproval of the kind of CHANGE Obama has brought, but what’s most amazing is that America’s standing has plummeted even amongst his Muslim kin in the Middle East.
From the Pew Research Global Attitudes Report:
There is little support for Obama in the predominantly Muslim nations surveyed. Fewer than three-in-ten express confidence in him in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Jordan and just 7% of Pakistanis have a positive view of Obama, the same percentage that voiced confidence in President George W. Bush during the final year of his administration.
The median approval rating of Obama’s policies in Muslim countries has declined from 34% in his first term to 15% now.
Barack Obama may have failed miserably to make any progress for peace between the Jews and the Arabs in the Middle East, but at least he’s the first American president to have the Jews and Arabs equally united in their opposition to his policies.