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  • Obama Popular in Europe, but He's Not Doing Much for U.S. Interests Abroad

    Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland presents U.S. President Barack Obama with the Nobel Prize medal

    President Obama has lavished time and attention on Europe in spades. He made Europe his first foreign port of call after his inauguration and since then has visited at least eight European countries (plus Russia). His popularity ratings in most of Europe, especially in Western Europe, would make the average Hollywood A-lister blush. He has even been referred to in some quarters as “the first European President of America.”

    And some in Europe – the utopian European elites and chattering intellectual classes of Brussels – are pretty pleased. President Obama immediately pledged to close Guantanamo. He decried America’s record on ‘torture.’ He reached out to the atomic ayatollahs of Iran. He apologized for America’s arrogance on French soil. And he’s prostrated himself before the sacrosanct United Nations.

    But not everyone is happy. He woefully mishandled the shameful surrender of America’s missile defense agreements with Poland and the Czech Republic. He threw a bust of Winston Churchill out of the Oval Office and returned it to the British Embassy (it had been given as a gift to the American people in remembrance of 9/11.) He provoked an open letter from 22 Central and Eastern European leaders, including the legendary Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa over his less-than-nuanced Russia-First policies. And he failed to deliver Europe’s sacred cow of an internationally-binding Kyoto II treaty.

    However, Obama himself has even less reason to be happy. Despite his never-ending apology tours, Europe has not been more inclined to act. The same NATO members continue to unconscionably shirk their responsibilities in Afghanistan while a scant few share a disproportionate share of the burden. German trade with Iran has increased despite his strategy of threatening future sanctions against Tehran. Russia has run rings around his disarmament agenda. And the European media have unfairly laid the blame for Copenhagen’s failure squarely at Obama’s door.

    President Obama gave himself a B+ rating on Oprah Winfrey’s Christmas Special. However, his confused approach to the transatlantic relationship would only score an F for failing to further American interests.

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    8 Responses to Obama Popular in Europe, but He's Not Doing Much for U.S. Interests Abroad

    1. ray says:

      Is Ted Olson off base by supporting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… and equal protection under the law regarding prop 8

      I see his views as in keeping with the best of conservative values.

      would like to see Heritage re-think this issue.

    2. Hawk says:

      When he is finnished with our country, he can join Johnny Depp living in France. They're all going to like the way he brought down our county.

    3. stirling, Pennsylvan says:

      Obama is acting like a European Elite himself, so it's just normal that they would like him. The problem is that rather then being a pro-american president, he is an anti-american president more concerned about taking us back to the tyranny that our country broke away from England in 1776.

    4. Sharon D. says:

      His slobbering idolatry of the European elite has not only not worked but made him a cruel joke there & he is such a narcissist that he probably doesn't even notice. Or if he does, it's Bush's fault!

    5. Erik, Mobile Alabama says:

      First of all define what are "American interests"?

      Oh yeah it means elitist corporations, ie the Heritage Foundation can further a policy of fear, greed, profit and exploitation of resources, nations, and people,

      while hiding behind a facade of democracy, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.

      Second why so much fear Hawk "They’re all going to like the way he brought down our county." Who are the "They" hawk? And who are the "our" in that sentence?

      Finally, Obama/Bush are the same because Obama is cooperating with the multi corporations that financed his election campaign. And that includes the Heritage Foundation, so HF should be happy Obama is "playing ball" to help further policy of the bottom line profit over the well being of all.

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