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