How the U.S. Lost the World’s Respect


by Conrad Black (June 2015)

All polls and even informal observations by well-connected people confirm that the world’s opinion of the United States as a serious world power has eroded markedly. As President Obama and his entourage and imperishable following persevere in their conviction that this president’s benign championship of non-intervention, arms control, and giving rogue states the benefit of the doubt is winning hearts and minds to a new conception of a kindly, detached America, it is clearer every week that this administration’s foreign policy is contemplated with astonishment and contempt by practically everyone else. The Europeans, putative allies — a fact that, since the U.S. abandoned isolation, has meant a ready preparedness to have the U.S. liberate them from the Nazis and then protect them from the Soviet Communists, but means almost nothing now — are almost uniformly incredulous at the syncopations of recent American foreign policy.  more>>>

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  1. Disclaimer: I don’t care what foreign nations think of the USA (okay, Canada’s opinion matters, but Canadians usually do not count as foreigners here). That said, I was not surprised at the ferocious anti-American statements I encountered in Europe, and this was in the 1970s. I was also unsurprised by the sheer ignorance about America and Americans that I witnessed. So their hatred of us is new? Am I supposed to be upset?

  2. Conrad’s always fun to read. Four lousy presidents in a row with another Bush or Clinton eager to complete the decline and fall. worse, they need applause for their noblesse oblige!

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