Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The World Turns Against President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Stephen Collinson, CNN: Obama suffers the slings and arrows of a restive world

(CNN)President Barack Obama bade farewell to G20 leaders in Hangzhou, China, on Monday by reminding them they're living in "turbulent" times -- and he wasn't kidding.

His valedictory Asia tour, which moved on to Laos later in the day, is unfolding amid diplomatic slights and great power rivalries that reflect the unstable nature of the world Obama will bequeath to his successor in January.

The controversies reflect the way international politics is now a stew of many competing, rising or resurgent powers that see fewer reasons to simply fall into line behind the United States than was the case following World War II and the Cold War. And it may suggest that foreign leaders are now just as interested in who will sit in the Oval Office next as they are in Obama as he heads for the exit.

Obama is not only confronting regimes in Russia, China and North Korea that are at times openly hostile to Washington -- or at least willing to make clear they don't want to play by its rules -- but over the long weekend, he got headaches from allies as well, notably Turkey and the Philippines.

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WNU Editor: This has not been a good week for the U.S. President on the international stage .... and now his trade pacts are unravelling .... In One Week, Obama’s Ambitious Trade Pacts Are Coming Apart (Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times). But his biggest problem from now to the end of his term is that he is a lame duck .... and the leaders of the world know that.


RRH said...

His legacy will be as the president who -unintentionally- ushered out a U.S. dominated world order and its neo Liberal globalization Crusade.


RussInSoCal said...

If that's the case then most other nations - who are/were under the "US Dominated World Order" - should be very appreciative of Obama. But they're not.

Jay Farquharson said...

Nope, that was Bush II,

Obama just couldn't "fix it", because once he was elected, the Republican's didn't want it fixed,

And of course, you can't "fix" the US "craycray " view of the world because it's "craycray".

He had a mandate to line the Washington Mall with gallows, but passed.

Anonymous said...

yea! it's Bush's fault!!!!

blame Bush!! Bush is a nazi!!! Bush = Hitler!!!

even though Obama's been in office for going on 8 years, it's still Bush's fault that things suck!!! Obama can't do anything wrong!!

thanks for nothing George!!!

Jay Farquharson said...

Obama had a mandate to "change everything",

FP wise, he changed "nothing".

Mostly because "The Village" co-opted him on FP, thus the "team of rivals", all the Bush II people, in the Obama Administration.

American's want to vote for "change", other than "social constructs" they don't want to vote for "change". FP change would require war crimes trials and hangings, those arn't the hangings American's want.

Anonymous said...

hang Bush!!! Bush the nazi, Bush the war criminal!!! hang him!!! guilty!!!

lets just make excuses, divert, and of course blame the nazi Bush for the mistakes liberals make!!! the people are to stupid to catch on!!

Bush did 9/11!!! Bush is racist!! Bush is the reason people are poor!! Bush is why there is economic disparity!!! Bush is why we have cancer!!! Bush is evil!

Jay Farquharson said...

Hanging would start with Kissenger, but you know, his' s a bipartisan God.

If he, in his senile years, should run over your children with his SUV, you should just suck it up and be patriotic.