Remember all those promises from Barack Obama and all his liberal supporters about how Obama was going to improve America’s image around the world?
The story line was that Bush was so disrespected because of picking on the harmless little ol’ Muslim terrorists and their friends that America was just the outcast, the lone wolf of the world’s governments, feared by our enemies and grudgingly respected by our allies.
(That’s actually called being a leader, but let’s not quibble.)
Look how far Obama has brought us.
He’s made a royal mess of North Africa and the Middle East, from Libya to Syria, first with the whole Arab Spring nonsense that handed over whole countries to Islamist terrorists with American blessing.
The truly pivotal moment, though, was when Obama, all hot and bothered about going into Syria because of their alleged use of chemical weapons, failed to get any substantial support from the American people and then had his reason for war snatched away from him by the Russians getting Syria to agree to give up its gas weapons.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was shown up as a warmonger by the former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, who proved himself a greater peacemaker and leader than Obama could ever even pretend to be.
Frustrated and impotent, Obama tossed the whole matter to Congress, where it will languish in committee while Obama hides in his bedroom.
But then there’s the matter of the NSA, which started getting too big for its britches under President Bush. It even started spying on world leaders under Bush’s watch.
Obama did nothing to reign in the NSA’s power trip; in fact, he’s let it grow like a parasitic vine until it’s completely out of control. And now the spying on our allies has surfaced. Even though it began with Bush, it’s all Obama’s program now, lock, stock and barrel.
Because Obama is weak, because he has done nothing to curb Washington’s power grab abetted by the NSA, Obama is seen around the world as a joke to our enemies and a threat to our allies.
Now Germany and Brazil have teamed up to press for a U.N. general resolution on Internet privacy, which may be the first major international effort to curb the NSA’s snooping on foreign countries.
This follows Germany’s claim that it discovered the NSA’s tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone and the phones of dozens of other world leaders. It comes about a month after Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff denounced the NSA’s spying as a breach of international law in a speech before the General Assembly.
Brazilian and German diplomats were reported to be meeting this week with representatives of Latin American and European countries to write a draft resolution expanding online privacy rights.
World governments spy on each other. They always have, that’s a given. But the extent of the NSA’s monitoring of communications has reached dimensions never before heard of.
The proposed resolution wouldn’t only affect communications across borders, but would also apply to individuals within their own countries from their own governments.
It’s a sad day indeed when Putin is a better leader than the American president and the United Nations is more concerned about individual privacy than the U.S. leadership.
This Administration just keeps leading the U.S. further and further down a hole.