Obamacare alone didn’t sink Obama

Obama’s approval ratings are about the lowest of all recent presidents; 55% disapprove. Much is due to ObamaCare, but Jennifer Rubin identifies many other reasons:
  • Obama managed to get rid of only a sliver of the Bush tax cuts, to the dismay of liberals.
  • He falsely predicted a catastrophe if the sequester occurred.
  • He pleaded ignorance to scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and spying on reporters.
  • His erratic behavior on Syria and dangerous appeasement of Iran rattled Congress, our allies and the American people (who now give him negative reviews on foreign policy).
  • The vast majority of Americans (79 percent in the Post/ABC poll) still think we are in a recession and a plurality (45 percent) trust Congress more than the president to fix it.

Obama has lost support among many of his key constituencies including Hispanics, women, self-described liberals, and young voters.

“It’s been a long, disappointing year for many of President Obama’s most ardent supporters,” a dispirited Liz Halloran writes for NPR. “From drones and Syria, to immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline, the list of issues on which the president has induced frustration and disillusionment is not a short one.”
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Smart diplomacy?

Even the Associated Press has noticed the failures in Obama’s foreign policy. [Emphasis is mine.]

U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed.

In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House’s control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts, including some who worked for the Obama administration.

Among them: … a reactive decision-making process that can leave the White House appearing to veer from crisis to crisis without a broader strategy.

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“The president has not had a long-term strategic vision,” said Vali Nasr, who advised the Obama administration on foreign policy in the first term and now serves as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “They’re moving issue to issue and reacting as situations come up.”

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Michael O’Hanlon, a national security analyst at The Brookings Institution, said the president miscalculated in assuming that a few signs of improved ties would be enough to overcome years of distrust with the Russians.

“The issue here is one of raised expectations, unrealistically high expectations that Obama himself deliberately stoked,” O’Hanlon said. “He hoped that a more pragmatic, disciplined, less interventionist foreign policy would appease the Russians.”

In Egypt, much anti-Obama sentiment

In the protests leading to the overthrow of Egypt’s ruler Morsi, there were many anti-Obama signs, such as this one:

obama-egypt

What is particularly interesting is that the signs are not generic anti-American signs. They oppose Obama, Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson.

 

 

Smart diplomacy?

Four years ago, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama promised “Smart Diplomacy” for the Obama administration. Turns out it has not been smart at all. Here are just a few recent stories about Obama’s foreign policy:

This is all too believable

When the Benghazi crisis unfolded, Obama surrounded himself with people who had even less experience and expertise than himself. His advisors are for the most part 1) good with words; 2) focused on politics; and 3) revere Obama.

Obama prefers to be surrounded by politically astute sycophants who are in way over their heads and don’t realize it. That way he is less likely to be threatened or challenged.

Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor has a Master’s degree in fiction writing. He has absolutely no education in national security, no military experience, no international experience. But he is a talented speechwriter. And so he helps make foreign policy.

All of Obama’s other close advisors, including Hillary and Obama himself, are political types with no expertise in foreign policy or national security.

So they are a bunch of rank amateurs who literally have no idea what they were doing except in the political sense. And then when things went bad, they lied about it—using their words to try to get out of a jam, with the help of their friends in the MSM. It’s worked for them in the past, and might well work again.

Obama’s (and Hillary’s) failed foreign policy

U.S is now less popular in the Middle East than when Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary, took office four years ago.

[C]onfidence 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

Obama’s approval rating in Israel is a mere 10%. Among Palestinians it is even worse.